Dentures secured by implants are held in place with permanent metal screws or posts. The metal posts are called dental implants, which can be used in many different ways. In this article from Advanced Dentistry of Charlotte, we describe one application: securing a full dental arch to either the upper or lower jaw.
How are the posts inserted?
The implants are surgically implanted into the jaw bone.
The patient is given time to heal with the posts in place. In the months after implantation, the post fuses with the jaw bone in a process called osseointegration.
Once healed, the implant recipient returns for a final fitting of new permanent dentures.
Who is a good candidate?
The number of teeth missing will be a determining factor. If you have experienced extensive tooth loss but still have good bone then you may be an appropriate candidate.
For patients with one or two missing teeth, an implant for each missing tooth may be a better option. Each post would have an abutment (connecting piece) and crown affixed.
People with three or four adjacent missing teeth may consider two implants bonded to a dental bridge. This configuration is similar to dentures secured by but the bridge covers less gum tissue at the location.
At Advanced Dentistry of Charlotte we have improved many lives with implant-secured dentures. People from Myers Park, Cotswold, and South Park come to us for implants and other restorative dentistry, and much more. Schedle an appointment today!
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