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4 Questions to Ask Your Dentist About Implant Dentures
Implant dentures come to the rescue of certain people that have lost many, most or all of their teeth. They are an improvement to traditional dentures, which tend to become ill-fitting with time.
There is another difference between traditional and implant-supported dentures: A candidate for implant dentures should be able and willing to go through dental implant surgery. The procedure is a minor oral surgery with a high success rate (98 percent), but that does not make the idea of minor surgery any less intimidating.
The third difference between implant dentures and their traditional alternative: Some types of implant-supported dentures are a permanent solution.
Questions often asked about implant dentures
The differences between traditional and implant dentures raise a lot of questions for any patient that is looking into getting these prosthetics. Let us answer the most common ones:
1. Who is a good candidate for dental implants?
To answer this question, a prospective patient has to know what goes into getting a dental implant. A dental implant is a small rod made of biocompatible material like titanium. A dentist places the implant in the jawbone, which involves a surgical procedure. They also attach a connector or abutment to the implant, which also involves a surgical procedure.
As the patient heals, the bone tissue in the jaw grows around the implant, causing the implant to fuse with the jawbone. The implant is now ready to perform the roles of the root of a natural tooth. One of those roles is to support a set of implant dentures and hold them in place.
Given this information, a good candidate for implant-supported dentures should:
- Be in good physical health, which will allow them to heal quickly from implant surgery
- Have good oral health and excellent oral habits, to allow the dental implant installation to succeed
- Be a person that does not grind their teeth, ideally
- Have enough bone mass to anchor and support the dental implant
Also, a person that qualifies for implant dentures should have several missing teeth. Anything less and they can get an implant bridge or an implant crown.
2. How long does it take to heal from the procedures?
After the procedure, the patient will wait for the gums to heal, and for the implant to fuse with the bone. The healing process can take anywhere up to six months.
A patient who is lucky enough to get the implant and abutment on the same day will only have one surgery and one healing process. Such a patient can heal in a shorter amount of time, compared to a second patient who goes through two surgeries.
3. How long do implant dentures last?
With proper and meticulous care, implant dentures can last a lifetime. However, breakages do happen. That said, a person can easily go ten years without needing repairs.
The key to durable dentures rests on two considerations. The first is good workmanship on the part of the oral surgeon and prosthodontist.
The second factor concerns the wearer of the dentures. They should take good care of their dentures and gums. That means good oral hygiene, regular dental checkups and a mouth guard for people who grind their teeth.
4. Are implant dentures fixed or permanent?
A patient can get either type. It all depends on their preferences and the recommendation of their dentist. An example of fixed dentures is All-On-4. The dentures are screwed onto abutments that are attached to the implant.
Implant overdentures are an example or detachable or snap-on dentures. They have clips that are tailor-made to latch onto abutments.
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