If you were missing all of your teeth twenty years ago, conventional dentures were your only option. These come with many disadvantages such as making it difficult to eat certain foods or speak, and they tend to shift around in the mouth. In addition, they cause loss of bone mass in the jawbone, which leads to recession of the jawbone. Fortunately, thanks to full denture implants, these disadvantages are a thing of the past.
Implant-supported full dentures are much more comfortable and stable than conventional dentures and will look and feel like your natural teeth. The implants will actually replace the roots of the missing teeth. This is possible because the titanium posts that are inserted into the bone have the unique quality of bonding with the jawbone, which helps in preserving its integrity. Conventional dentures on average last four to six years while implant-supported dentures are designed to be long-lasting.
The artificial root is implanted into the jawbone. Over the next few weeks, the bone will bond with the screw, forming an anchor for the artificial teeth that will follow. During this bonding period, our dentist can fit you with temporary teeth that you wear over the implant sites. Abutments are attached to the artificial root and are connecting devices for the crowns to be attached to the implants.
To hold a set of upper and lower dentures, four to six implants may be needed in the upper and the same in the lower jawbone. Once all the full denture implants are in place, the connecting denture that will hold your new teeth can be tightened firmly onto the implant. In some cases, it can be clipped to a bar that is removable.
If you are missing teeth and are considering getting dentures or a bridge, full denture implants may be a good option. Make an appointment at Implant Dentistry of Virginia in Virginia Beach to learn more. Contact us today to book your appointment!