Implant-Supported Dentures – Fort Worth, TX
Boost Your Confidence with a Sturdy New Smile
Do you have trouble with dentures that slide and move around in your mouth? Full dentures that have a tendency of moving around can now be secured with dental implants. These supportive dental implants pose as tooth roots and anchor the dentures to the jaw. They also work to prevent additional bone loss. With implant-secured dentures, patients can eat hard-to-chew foods and speak with renewed confidence.
When a tooth is lost or knocked out, the jawbone and gums near the socket naturally begin to deteriorate. This can lead to many oral health problems in addition to the effect a missing tooth can have on your self-esteem! Placing implant-secured dentures not only refreshes your bite and self-image, but it also stimulates bone growth and rejuvenates gum tissue to improve health.
What Is the Process?
The process is simple. Dr. Blair or a trusted oral surgeon will strategically place dental implants that will become the support for your dentures. When the area is fully healed, Dr. Blair will attach custom dentures to the implants to complete your treatment. Our permanent dentures are created to match the patient’s mouth and overall facial shape, so that problems with awkward fits are a thing of the past.
What Can I Expect from Full Mouth Replacement?
Since every patient’s mouth is unique, every dental implant case is unique. For example, some patients require a bone graft or tooth extractions before they are a candidate for dental implants and their accompanying restoration. Regardless of the state of your oral health, though, you can expect a journey that is exciting and ultimately fulfilling. You may experience some soreness following the implant placement surgery, and it might take you a bit of time to adjust to your implant-supported dentures. When all is said and done, however, you should finish the process with a mouth full of new teeth that look, feel, and function like the real deal.
Implant-retained dentures, sometimes called overdentures, are removable prostheses that “snap” onto and off of dental implants. Dr. Blair or your oral surgeon will determine the exact number of implants necessary. This type of restoration can be either ball-retained or bar-retained (these terms refer to the structure of the attachments used to connect the denture to the implants). In some cases, it is possible to retrofit a traditional denture to work as an overdenture.
Hybrid Dental Implants
Hybrid dental implants, often called a full-arch implant-supported bridge, are permanently attached to dental implants, which are placed at strategic positions throughout the jaw. Once the implants have had a chance to bond with the body, Dr. Blair designs a full set of acrylic or porcelain teeth to go on top of them. Once the dentures are screwed onto the implants, they will stay there on a permanent basis. They will only be removed when you visit our office for a cleaning and checkup.
Am I a Candidate for Implant-Supported Dentures?
To find out if you are a candidate for implant-supported dentures in Fort Worth, contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Blair. After she performs a thorough examination, she will recommend a treatment that is based on your unique circumstances. In general, candidates for implant-supported dentures:
- Have lost all or most of their natural teeth and want a long-lasting, highly functional way to rebuild their smile
- Have a jawbone that is strong and thick enough to support dental implants
- Are free of gum disease
- Maintain excellent oral hygiene habits