Dentures are an excellent option for patients who need several or all of their teeth in a dental arch replaced. Modern dentures are comfortable, functional, and long-lasting. At DFW Oral Surgeons, we can install implant-supported dentures to restore your smile and help you eat and speak comfortably.
What Kinds of Dentures Do You Offer?
At DFW Oral Surgeons, we offer two main types of dentures – fixed implant-supported dentures and overdentures. Both types are functional and natural-looking, though their care requirements differ slightly.
Fixed dentures and overdentures require oral implants to stay in place. Oral implants are small titanium screws that are permanently attached to your jaw bone. They provide an unmatched level of strength and support for both full and partial dentures.
Overdentures use a gum-supported base, onto which we can install a set of removable teeth. You can take your overdentures out to clean whenever you need to. Fixed dentures, on the other hand, are permanently attached to your implant posts. These should be brushed, flossed, and otherwise cared for just like natural teeth.
What Are the Benefits of Implant-Supported Dentures?
Traditional dentures are held in place with either a special dental glue or by using the suction between the gums and denture base. Unfortunately, they are often unreliable and tend to shift and move out of place. This movement can make everyday actions such as speaking and eating difficult.
Additionally, most traditional dentures require the removal of some or all of a patient’s natural teeth. Because these devices sit on the surface of the gums, they do not have an artificial root structure. Over time, the pressure on your gums and jawbones can cause your mouth’s structure to change and become disfigured.
Implant-retained dentures fix these problems by adding a new root structure. Because implants are directly attached to the jawbones, they help distribute the pressure placed on your teeth from biting and chewing. This support will not only stabilize your dentures but will protect your gums and bones from damage as well.
What is the Procedure?
Your placement surgery will begin with a consultation with Dr. Shillingburg. During this visit, he will conduct a thorough examination of your mouth and take digital X-rays to ensure you are healthy enough to receive implants.
The next step will be to place the implants. To do this, Dr. Shillingburg will make a small incision in the gums through which he will attach the metal posts to your bone. You will be given an anesthetic before your surgery to ensure you do not feel any discomfort.
After your implants are in place, it will take between 4 to 6 months for your mouth and gums to heal. During your final appointment, Dr. Shillingburg will install your new fixed-dentures or overdentures. Soon, you will be able to enjoy a bright, beautiful new smile!
To learn more about our implant procedure or implant-retained dentures, please call our office at 972-947-5742, send us an email, or schedule an appointment online. Together, we can find the best treatment for your smile!