Reliable denture implants are often used for people who completely don’t have teeth but whose jawbone is nevertheless strong enough to support implants. This is because, unlike traditional dentures, the implants need to be securely fastened to the gum by metal implants (usually titanium). Here are some basic facts about denture implants that you need to know:
People who are fitted for dentures almost always ask their dental professional whether their false teeth will stick, and how to make sure that they do. With denture implants, though, this isn’t a concern anymore; patients go about their business in confidence, certain that their looks and bite are pretty much back to normal.
The implants themselves are titanium posts which serve as the roots of your teeth, fixing the dentures into your jaw. The implant’s head is typically ball-shaped, although others use bar -shaped ones instead, and a retaining fixture (which is situated under the dentures) serves as the socket. When the denture is secured in place, the fixture snaps over the ball for a tight fit.
Getting denture implants is a relatively painless, non-invasive procedure that can be installed in the dental office. Your dentist will first screw in four small implants into the ridge of your upper or lower jaw (whichever needs working on), then he will adjust the denture accordingly so that it slips perfectly into place.
The website, eHow.com, states that this is the typical time frame for the treatment:
“The shortest possible time period is about five months for the lower jaw and seven months for the upper jaw. The process involves both denture placement as well as several surgeries. In some cases, the process can take over a year as some people need to undergo grafting and other procedures for preparation for the implants.”
Before you get denture implants or permanent dentures installed, be sure to contact your dentist and schedule a checkup. Dental professionals, such as those from Dentures Done Right, should be able to tell you whether or not you’re a valid candidate for the treatment.
(Article Information and Image from About Denture Implants, eHow)