dentures allow for eating more than just soft foods. Still, many of my clients would benefit from more than just standard dentures. As such, I sometimes suggest that they add dental implants to their treatment. These prosthetic teeth work amazingly well with dentures. If you’d like to learn how that’s possible, I’d be happy to tell you. Read on to learn how implants work with dentures and implant dentures’ benefits.
Some Context: What are Dental Implants?
Before moving forward, it’s helpful to review what dental implants are. Doing so helps show what these restorations can do for dentures. With that said, let’s go over the basics a bit.
Put simply, dental implants are small, screw-like posts of titanium. We dentists set them in your jawbone to act as tooth roots. Once placed, they gradually fuse with your jaw and become permanent parts of your mouth. The result is that they form a foundation for later abutments and crowns.
Implants & Dentures Can Work Together
In reality, implants and dentures don’t have to act separately. I and other dentists can combine these two treatments effectively. When that happens, you get implant dentures.
Per their name, implant dentures are those secured with strategic implants. They attach and “snap on” to the metal posts to remain stable. Given that fact, oral surgeons can often create them from a patient’s already-existing dentures. However, sometimes the restorations must be made from the ground up.
Of course, implant dentures do have their own requirements. If you’ve been without teeth for a while, your dentist may need to perform a bone graft first. Similarly, they might have to extract any decayed teeth and allow a healing time of several months. You should also note that full implant fusion takes a while. You