If you have lost all or most of your teeth throughout an arch, you likely face a number of daily struggles, such as difficulty chewing and embarrassment in social situations. You are also at risk for other complications, including bone deterioration in the jaw and digestive problems. Fortunately, you don’t have to live with your tooth loss forever! Dr. Guthrie can help you replace an entire arch of teeth with implant-retained dentures in Ardmore.
Traditional dentures in Ardmore rest on top of the gums. Natural suction or a mild adhesive helps them to stay in the mouth. Implant-retained dentures are different because they gain all of their support from dental implants, small titanium cylinders that are placed at strategic positions throughout the jaw. The dental implants act as substitutes for the roots of the missing teeth. They help the restoration (denture) on top of them to remain stable and secure during eating and speaking. The process for placing an implant-retained denture may take place over the course of several months to a year because multiple treatment phases are involved. However, the wait is well worth it!
If you would like to find out if you are a candidate for implant-retained dentures, schedule a consultation with Dr. Guthrie. She’ll make sure that you have adequate bone density in your jaw to support the implants. You also need to be free of gum disease and any overall health conditions that could compromise your ability to heal after the dental implant surgery. Even if you are not a candidate for dental implants right now, Dr. Guthrie and her associates may be able to design a treatment plan that makes you a candidate in the future.
Dr. Guthrie will refer you to an oral surgeon who will place the implants in your jaw. Then, you’ll go through a healing period of a few months while the implants bond to the bone around them in a process known as osteointegration. After that bond is nice and strong, you’ll return to Dr. Guthrie so she can design your custom restoration. She’ll carefully consider the size and shape of your mouth, your facial aesthetics, and the color and size of your new teeth before she finalizes the design. A dental laboratory will create the denture, which Dr. Guthrie will then attach to your implants.
Whether you receive traditional implant-retained dentures or All-on-4 implant-retained dentures, you can look forward to a number of significant benefits: