Implant Retained Dentures Complete Smiles
When you have missing teeth, tooth replacement is imperative for the appearance of your smile, the condition of your mouth and even your overall health. Living with tooth loss can lead to any number of related problems from periodontal disease and tooth decay to malnourishment and debilitating self-consciousness. Fortunately, there are several good options for tooth replacement. Implant retained dentures in Manassas combine two of the most popular and best choices. This prosthetic offers the look of a full smile from dentures and the security of dental implants.
Whether you have been wearing dentures for many years or about to receive dentures for the very first time, you may be a candidate for implant retained dentures. Your Manassas dentist at Galleria Dental Arts will be able to evaluate your unique situation to determine if implant retained dentures are right for you.
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that is surgically embedded in your jawbone to hold a tooth restoration firmly in place. In the case of implant-retained dentures, several posts are strategically positioned along the jaw to secure the denture. If you only need a partial denture in Manassas to replace a few missing teeth, then the number of implants is fewer. Implant retained dentures are more commonly used to replace teeth missing along the lower arch, because these dentures are more likely to slip if not secured. However, the dentists at Galleria Dental Arts can design implant-supported dentures for your upper arch, too.
The Dental Implant Process
As an active member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and a graduate of the Medical College of Georgia/ AAID Maxi-Course in Implant Dentistry, Dr. Wahab is well qualified to complete your entire dental implant procedure here in our Manassas dental office.
Once you are comfortable a local anesthetic has been administered, Dr. Wahab places small incisions in your gum in order to place the implants. The entire procedure is planned and charted in advance for a more precise and predictable outcome.
The healing process after this oral surgery will take a few months. During this time, you’ll wear a temporary over denture to protect your gums and provide ease of chewing as well as a natural smile. Underneath your gums, the implants and surrounding bone tissue integrate to form a strong bond that will eventually secure your dentures. As an added bonus, the integration of implant and bone also helps ensure the shape of your jaw by stimulating new tissue growth.
When you’ve fully healed, you’ll return to Galleria Dental Arts to have your implant retained dentures attached to your dental implants. The underside of your dentures will be outfitted with a metal framework that simply clicks into place over your implants. The connection that implant retained dentures provides ensure that your smile will always be secure and natural looking.