If you have experienced tooth loss, schedule an appointment with us to talk about options for maintaining your smile. Implants are considered the most permanent and natural option for the replacement of missing teeth.
Having dental implants placed generally happens in the following way:
The first appointment is to place the implant in the bone. After this is completed, the patient is left to heal – usually for a period of 4-6 months. During this healing phase, the dental implant heals and adheres to the bone. Once Dr. Miller deems that the new tooth root (the dental implant) is secure, the second step is to secure a dental crown on top of the root. Our family of dental professionals will be pleased to guide you through this process. Please call our office today to learn more about your implant options, or to schedule a consultation for you or a loved one. We look forward to the privilege of helping you.
Implant Retained Dentures Procedure
An implant-supported denture is a special and very successful type of denture that is anchored in place by dental implants. Traditional dentures have to rest on these ridges. The shrinking of these ridges is known as resorption. Resorption is an inevitable process that begins when permanent teeth are lost. Without the stability of the tooth roots, resorption can continue until there is very little bone left, implants help to slow this process. Unfortunately this is one of the main reasons why people have difficulty wearing traditional dentures and look to implant retained dentures as an option.
An implant-supported denture can only be used when a person has enough bone left in the jaw to support the implants. Implant-supported dentures are most frequently made for the lower jaw because regular dentures tend to be less stable on the bottom arch. However, implant-supported dentures can be placed in the upper or lower jaw depending on the patient’s individual needs. Please see our implant page for more information on this process.
Just like traditional dentures, you should remove an implant-supported denture every evening to clean the denture and gum area. Some people prefer to have fixed dentistry such as bridgework in their mouths so that it cannot be removed. Make an appointment today to speak with a Sierra dentist to discuss your particular needs and preferences for comfortable, long lasting treatment.