Missing teeth can have a negative impact on your oral health, appearance, and self-esteem. Fortunately, implant-supported dentures are perhaps the best possible solution for patients who have suffered tooth loss. The prosthetic teeth are secured by titanium dental implants, which are surgically embedded in the jaw bone to replace the missing tooth roots. The implants integrate with the bone tissue to create the highest level of support and stability. Davey Crockett Dentistry has been helping Richmond, VA, patients restore their smiles for many years, and our team can help you find the right treatment for your needs.
Are Implant-Supported Dentures Right for You?
Before you receive dental implants, you should be in good oral and overall health. Additionally, your jawbone should have enough density to support the implants and provide the denture with a stable foundation. Dr. Crockett can place a bone graft for patients who may have suffered jaw bone atrophy. If you are considering implant-supported dentures, it is likely that you have:
- Suffered tooth loss
- Are dissatisfied with traditional dentures
- A desire to improve your oral health and appearance
- Need for a superior and permanent tooth loss solution
Dr. Crockett uses advanced technology that can help determine your candidacy for implant-supported dentures during a thorough consultation.
Placing Dental Implants
The first step in the treatment is to place the dental implants into the jaw bone. Dr. Crockett will make a small incision in the gums to gain access to the underlying tissue, and then insert the implant. Once the implant is placed, Dr. Crockett will use sutures to close the incision for healing.
Because the implants are placed directly in the jaw, they offer unrivaled stability and support when compared to traditional dentures.
At your next appointment, Dr. Crockett will expose the tops of the implants in order to place an abutment. This will help the implants heal properly and prepare them to support the denture. Impressions will also be taken at this time so the dental lab can create a denture to the exact specifications of your mouth.
Once your denture is complete and your implants have healed, you will return to have your final denture placed and secured. Dr. Crockett will any necessary adjustments to ensure a comfortable fit. He will show you how to properly maintain and care for your denture to ensure that it lasts for many years.
Creating a Stable Foundation
Dental implants have dramatically changed the efficiency of dentures. Because the implants are placed directly in the jaw, they offer unrivaled stability and support when compared to traditional dentures.
Over the course of about six to eight months, the implant will form a stable bond with the jaw bone. This process, known as osseointegration, is what makes the implants such a secure and superior foundation for your denture. You will be able to eat your favorite foods without worrying about your denture slipping or moving, and can speak with renewed clarity and confidence. Overall, implant-supported dentures can dramatically improve your quality of life.
Choose an Experienced Dentist
Dr. Crockett can provide your entire dental implant treatment under one roof, adding convenience and organization to your journey towards a new smile. Our technology, patient care, and experience allow us to provide the highest level of care that is sure to make you smile. Contact our office online or call us at (804) 282-2990 to schedule an appointment.