Implants as Support for Dentures

Although efforts are made to obtain a proper and functional denture, sometimes it may be difficult to create strong dentures. This is mainly because, with age, maxilla bones shrink. It is also the case of smoking, systemic diseases like diabetes, or of the pressure on teeth that occurs when chewing.

During the last years, progress has been made in the field of denture techniques. Such a step is represented by dentures attached to implants, with increased stability. This requires that the implant is executed before making a denture. Implants are to replace one or more teeth and are made of well tolerated materials, such as titanium. As artificial replacements of the tooth roots, they have the main role to support restoration appliances.

Treatment

This process takes time. On a regular basis, this can take up to a few months and several steps until your dentist can finish the treatment. After fixing the implant in place in your bone tissue, you need three to six months for the bone to adhere to the implant. Then, your dentist extends the implant up to above the gums. Once your gums heal, your dentist will take an impression (a negative) of the place to insure proper form to the restoration adjustments. In most cases, during the last visit, the appliance is fixed into place and the dentist makes sure it matches your needs in terms of both shape and function.

Risks

Although efforts have been made to research the subject, the success of the procedure may be prone to failing, especially because of improper adherence of the bone tissue to the implant. In rare cases, the causes might be related to the damaging of the dental appliance or to the infection and swelling of the gums surrounding the implant.

Other Special Procedures

A special procedure that is referred to as sinus lifting may be needed if your dentist notices in the back part of your upper jaw morphological differences between the maxilla bones or differences in the density of the bone tissue. This procedure increases the resistance of the implant on the long run.

In order to make your maxilla bone thicker, and, thus, to get a better implant, bone augmentation may be induced. This implies using an artificial bone covered with a collagen film and it takes up to eight months after this, when the actual process of fixing the implants starts.

Read more about available types of implant-supported dentures.

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