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Candidates for Implant Supported Dentures
Implant supported dentures are a good option for any patient who is missing a tooth or teeth, however patients who have additional health issues may not be viable candidates for having the surgery performed. Additionally, patients who do not have a sufficient amount of jawbone may require a bone graft procedure before they are able to adequately support a dental implant.
There are a range of immediate and long-term benefits that you will enjoy with your implant supported dentures, including the following:
- Feels and functions like natural teeth
- Maintains integrity of bone structure
- Keeps adjacent teeth healthy
- Less discomfort and maintenance then dentures
- Evenly distributes bite forces
- Easier to speak compared to bulky dentures
- Prevents additional bone loss, which can create an aged appearance
Implant Supported Dentures Process
In order to determine if implant supported dentures are right for you, you will need to schedule an initial consultation, during which we will examine the overall health of your teeth, review your medical history, take scans and x-rays, and determine what treatment options are best suited to your unique needs. Next, your periodontist will examine your jawbone to ensure there is an adequate amount of bone to hold an implant in place.
If it is determined that you are a good candidate for implant supported dentures, the next step will be to schedule an appointment to install titanium posts into the areas of your jawbone where the dentures will be adhered. Prior to placing these rods, you will be given a local anesthetic. The type of anesthesia that is used may vary, depending upon the severity of your case as well as your overall sensitivity. Once you are properly numbed, the posts are placed. Following this, you should plan on spending at least three or four months to allow for your mouth to heal and for the posts to integrate fully with the jawbone. During this period, you will be given a set of temporary dentures. Once the posts have fully integrated, you will return for your final visit, during which the dentures are placed.
Aftercare for Implant Supported Dentures
Immediately following your implant supported denture procedure, it will be important to follow aftercare instructions, such as avoiding beverages that are extremely hot or cold and avoiding strenuous physical activity.
Once you have finished the healing process, the most important thing you can do to maximize your results is to continue practicing good oral hygiene habits, such as brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing at least once daily, ideally every time you brush your teeth. It is also important to practice proper brushing and flossing techniques. Make sure that you also consistently clean the attachments, artificial teeth, and around the gums.
In addition to practicing consistent and proper oral selfcare, it is also important to schedule regular checkups every six months, during which your periodontist can monitor your implants and ensure they are fitting properly and ensure that all abutments, attachments and implants are positioned correctly. By maintaining a consistent oral health care routine, you will significantly reduce your risk for developing additional periodontal issues and will continue enjoying a bright and healthy smile.
Implant Supported Dentures Cost
There are a range of factors that can impact the final cost of having implant supported dentures, such as the severity of your case, any associated procedures that will need to be performed prior to or along with treatment, as well as your insurance plan.
Our team is committed to helping you complete necessary paperwork, schedule appointments, and answer any questions you have concerning billing. For patients who have insurance plans, we do request you submit medical/dental insurance information with your New Patient Paperwork to expedite this process.
Please note: to reduce costs to our patients while still ensuring that we can provide the highest level of care, we have the following financial polices:
- We accept Discover, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express
- Full payment is due after services rendered
- Payment plan options are available via www.CareCredit.com
To determine if you have gum disease, your periodontist will measure the space between your teeth and gums. Patients who have pockets that are deeper than the average depth of three millimeters or less will be considered candidates for treating gum disease. Depending upon how severe your case is, your periodontist will suggest a follow up appointment, during which several different treatment options may be recommended.
Patients who are suffering from periodontal disease may experience gum recession. If this issue is not treated at an early stage, more complicated and serious problems can develop, as gum recession creates greater exposure of your natural teeth, which creates opportunities for bacteria to build. To address this issue, patients have historically had gum grafting, which involves removing tissue from unaffected areas and then grafting this tissue to the areas that have been affected. This is an effective method for addressing the issue of receding gums, however there is a newer and increasingly popular approach to treating receding gums, which is the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST).
Laser gum surgery is an advanced treatment option that efficiently and painlessly treats gum disease through the use of a laser. One of the unique aspects of laser gum surgery is that the laser pinpoints and kills bacteria without damaging surrounding gum tissue. Unlike other treatment options, which involve cutting and suturing, patients who have laser gum surgery and treatment performed will have a much quicker healing process.
Patients who have gum recession may consider having a gum graft, a common oral surgical procedure that thickens existing gums and/or covers a tooth root surface in order to prevent further recession from occurring. Gum recession can occur for a variety of reasons, but the most common reason is due to periodontal disease. A gum graft will not only improve the aesthetic appearance of your smile, but will also reduce your risk of developing additional issues.
Patients who have an imbalanced ratio between their visible gums and teeth have what is commonly referred to as a gummy smile. Gummy smiles can be caused by a range of factors, including bone deterioration, periodontal disease, or genetic predisposition. Regardless of the reason, patients often feel self-conscious about their appearance and will seek to improve this issue by having a gum contouring procedure performed.
Scaling and Root Planing (also known as deep teeth cleaning and deep gum cleaning) is a common method used to address periodontal disease. Scaling refers to the process of removing tartar that has accumulated, either on your teeth or below your gumline. Planing refers to the removal of tartar below the root line. When bacteria is allowed to settle on your teeth for too long, it will eventually mineralize and turn into tartar. The primary difference between plaque and tartar is that plaque can be removed by conventional brushing methods, whereas tartar will need to be removed through the efforts of your periodontist. It is important to schedule regular deep teeth cleaning and deep gum cleaning appointments to prevent periodontal disease from developing.
Schedule Your Visit Today
At ROOT™ Periodontal and Implant Center, we take your health, confidence, and teeth seriously. Scheduling regular visits to maintain your teeth and gums will actively improve your overall health, and maintaining a bright and strong healthy smile will do wonders for your self-confidence. In addition to recognizing the importance of your oral health, we also understand the importance of your time, which is why we are committed to making every visit to our clinic as efficient as possible.
If you would like to learn more about implant supported dentures and/or see if implant supported dentures are right for you, schedule an appointment or consultation today with our friendly, helpful staff, who can be reached at the following locations: Carrollton: (972) 242-7603; Flower Mound: (972) 434-8050; Denton: (940) 566-7021, or Frisco: (469) 489-ROOT.