Implant Dentures on the Inner Harbor
Following extensive tooth loss, every aspect of your day to day life is impacted. The simplest acts like speaking clearly or sharing a confident smile with a friend can be impossible. Traditionally, advanced tooth replacement prosthetics used gum colored base materials to support a number of missing teeth. However, these prosthetics were held in place through connection to surrounding teeth or suction between the denture base and gum tissues that could damage healthy oral structures. Implant dentures restore lost tooth structure from the roots up without damaging healthy surrounding teeth and oral tissues. When you’re ready to start repairing your smile following complete tooth loss, call Harbor East Dental to schedule a tooth replacement consultation at our conveniently located Inner Harbor dentistry office.
What are Implant Dentures?
Implant dentures are full mouth tooth replacement prosthetics supported by four to six dental implant posts. Inserted below the gum line, implant posts mimic your lost tooth roots. Once in place, these semi-permanent tooth replacement solutions will look and feel just like your healthy smile.
Am I an Implant Denture Candidate?
No treatment option is right for every patient, but this advanced restoration option most closely resembles healthy, natural tooth structure. For this reason, we recommend implant-retained dentures whenever possible. Before we begin an implant denture treatment plan, we’ll need to discuss a number of factors that increase your chances for successful dental implant placement, including:
- Current and past oral health conditions
- Current and past whole-body health conditions
- Current medications
- Past surgical experiences and responses to anesthesia
- Gum tissue volume and jawbone density
What Happens During the Implant Retained Denture Procedure?
Your implant denture plan is completed over the course of three phases of treatment. The first phase is preparation. We’ll extract damaged teeth, provide tissue grafts, and treat chronic oral health issues like gum disease to increase your chances for successful dental implant placement.
Once your smile is prepared, you’ll need to schedule the surgical implant placement procedure. In most cases, your denture can be supported by four to six strategically positioned implants. The placement procedure involves making a small incision in the gums. Then, the implant is positioned into the jaw. If you’re having a tooth extracted, we may recommend immediately placing an implant to replace the extracted tooth. Many patients have experienced successful implantation using this treatment method. Once your implant posts are in position, you’ll need to wait several months for the implants to fuse with the supportive gum and bone tissue. During this time, we may craft a temporary denture to allow some function until we complete the treatment process.
Once your implants have fused with the gum and bone tissue, we’ll design your custom denture. Finally, the denture is semi-permanently affixed to the implant posts. With proper care in our office and at home, your flawless, natural looking implant denture will stay in place and functional for two or more decades.