Implant Fixed Denture
For all the advances in dentistry over the past hundred years, dentures have remained relatively similar since their inception more than 2,700 years ago. Only in the 20th century did we start to make major changes and improvements to dentures.
If a patient has conventional dentures that are well-fitted, they will usually fit perfectly into the mouth with no adhesives. Unfortunately, conventional dentures don’t stimulate the jawbone, allowing it to decay over time. The dentures that fit perfectly five years ago might not fit right anymore, and the proliferation of denture creams and adhesives testifies that many denture wearers aren’t happy with the fit of their dentures.
Your Coral Gables cosmetic dentist has an alternative to poorly fitting dentures: implant dentures. Sometimes called implant-supported dentures, these dentures allow the device to be attached permanently to dental implants fused to the jawbone.
With denture implants, the first step is for your Coral Gables cosmetic dentist to install the dental implants. These small screws are made of a special type of medical titanium, and they’re attached to the jawbone in several of your tooth sockets. The bone heals around the implants in about 6-12 weeks, and then your dentist takes impressions of your mouth.
With impressions in hand, your Coral Gables cosmetic dentist sends the impressions to a dental lab that will custom-mill your implant dentures. When these are finished, your dentist will permanently attach them to the impressions.
Implant dentures help to preserve the jawbone, something that conventional dentures can’t do. They also fit permanently and are securely attached, so they look and feel more natural than conventional dentures. Most patients find that their implant dentures even help food taste better!.
If you need implant dentures, contact Miracle Smiles to talk to the best cosmetic dentist in Coral Gables.