In the past, the only option for those individuals who were missing many teeth in their smile was to get a set of dentures made that would fit over the gums. These dentures in the past were difficult to wear daily, and that used to slip out of place or make it awkward to eat certain foods or even to speak. Now, however, patients who have lost many teeth have the option of choosing to implant supported dentures. Implant supported dentures are more like having your natural teeth back again and can give you a confident smile and make it easier to eat the foods you love again.
Those who still have enough healthy jawbone tissue and healthy gums, but who are missing two or more teeth can benefit from implant supported dentures. Since the dental implants are placed into the jawbone, there must be enough bone to support these structures. The implants are made of titanium or a similar non-toxic metal, which is even safe for a patient who later needs an MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, test. These durable implants can last for twenty years or more and are very easy to clean and maintain.
The whole process of getting implant supported dentures takes several months. In the first part of the procedure, the implant is placed into the jawbone and is then allowed to grow into this area for about three to six months. After this has been completed, a post is placed on the implant, allowing the gum tissue to develop around it. Finally, the crown is attached to this post, and you look as though you have your old teeth back! The procedure to insert the implants into the jaw may take several hours, and for this part, the patient must be in relatively good health to complete the procedure.
If you’d like to learn more about implant supported dentures and are ready to get your smile back the way that you remember it, call to schedule an appointment with an implant supported denture dentist today. Cochran Family Dental serves the cities of Leesburg, Ashburn, and Purcellville and surrounding areas, and we offer the latest in implant supported denture services. Call us at 703-771-9034 and let us help you regain your confident and healthy smile.