Regular dentures can be an effective solution for certain individuals, but if you’re like others with missing teeth who want a permanent, more stable solution, there’s no better option than dental implants in Carrollton. Whether your missing one or most of your teeth, implant-retained dentures can give you the stability you need to feel confident eating, chewing, and speaking again. Dr. Azmoodeh with Epic Family Dentistry of Carrollton is highly skilled at crafting new smiles for his patients, so if you want a new and improved appearance, contact us to schedule a consultation.
Depending on the number of teeth you need to replace, your dentist in Carrollton will surgically place titanium posts into your jawbone. These will act as the roots of your teeth. When preparing to place the implant-supported denture, there are two types, and it is dependent upon your dentist as to which one will be used: bar-retained or ball-retained.
It is required that anyone who is thinking of having implant-retained dentures be thoroughly examined by Dr. Azmoodeh. He will review your medical and dental history, take X-rays and impressions of your teeth and gums, and determine if you have sufficient bone density. It’s important that you have enough bone because if you do not, the implant will not properly fuse to the bone, and it will cause the implant to fail.
To have them inserted takes 3 visits. The first requires Dr. Azmoodeh to make an incision in the gum and place the implant. He will drill a small hole into your jawbone for proper implant placement. Once the incision is stitched closed, it will take several months (anywhere from 3-6) for the implants to fuse to your jawbone.
During the second procedure, Dr. Azmoodeh will examine the site and confirm it is ready for the next phase. He will place a healing collar on the top of each implant, as this helps the gum tissue to heal. Because this piece holds your gums away from the head of the implant, it will stay in place between 10-14 days. After two weeks, these collars will be replaced with abutments, and you’ll have an impression taken of your gum tissue so the lab can begin making your dentures.
Finally, depending on which method your dentist uses (a bar-restricted or ball-restricted denture) it will be placed so you can have your first try-in of your new dentures. This will allow you to see if they fit properly. Once everything looks and feels right, the completed denture will be inserted, and you’ll have a new and improved smile!