Life without a full set of teeth has left you hesitant to smile for photos or meet new people. That’s because you’re always worried that someone will notice your missing ivories. Because this isn’t the way that you want to live, you’re eager to get the help you need to regain your full functionality and confidence. Implant-retained dentures are the solution you’ve been looking for. To get on the road to regaining the life you once knew, contact us today at Dentistry at Suwanee to request a visit with Dr. Brian Lee or Dr. Katherine Lee!
Implant-retained dentures are unlike any other form of tooth replacement. That’s because they work from the root level up, starting with a series of titanium dental implants being directly attached to the underlying jawbone. Over time, the fixtures fuse with the bone bed through a process called osseointegration, which provides a sturdy foundation for the prosthetic teeth to attach to. Following the placement of the implants, we’ll take bite impressions and create a mold. After making any necessary adjustments, we’ll send the mold to a trusted lab that will fabricate a set of implant-retained dentures.
Once you’ve healed from the initial surgery, we’ll add titanium abutments to the implants; they’re job is to anchor your prosthetic teeth into position. This is made possible by a series of snaps or bars on the gum side of your dentures.
Before we move forward with the dental implant process, we’ll need to make sure that you’re a good candidate for the procedure. Not only does our careful vetting process help to maintain a 95% success rate, but it also provides you with greater peace-of-mind in knowing that you’re making the right decision in choosing implant-retained dentures.
We’ll make sure you have enough jawbone density to support the fixture and assess your oral health. If there are any issues, we’ll work with you to formulate a plan to address them so we can successfully start the tooth replacement process.
The implant procedure starts with us using the images from your consultation to pinpoint where your implants need to be placed. Then, to ensure a calm and comfortable experience, we’ll administer sedation or anesthesia.
We’ll get started by opening your gum tissue to expose the underlying bone. Then, we’ll drill holes for each implant that will be placed. In some cases, after the posts are attached, we can fit you with a temporary set of dentures the same day, so you won’t have to go without any teeth during the healing process. If that’s not feasible, then you’ll need to wait a few months to heal before taking the next steps toward having your prosthetic teeth fabricated.
When it comes to replacing a missing set of teeth, traditional dentures certainly are effective. However, they do have some limitations. One of the challenges is that they rest above the gum line, which means they rely on suction to secure them, and when they start to become worn, dental adhesive. Thus, they can be subject to shifting.
With the sound base provided by dental implants, which is only rivaled by the original tooth roots themselves, a set of dentures can provide both a high degree of functionality and attractiveness. To learn more about the procedure and what you stand to gain, all that’s required is to contact us to request a visit with either Dr. Brian Lee or Dr. Katherine Lee. A life full of opportunities awaits you!