It is now very possible to have the entire teeth in ones’ mouth replaced with fixed dentures supported by dental implants. Should you lose a whole row of either your upper or lower teeth or need to have your remaining natural teeth removed due to medical reasons, fixed dentures are the answer. It would look alike and serve perfectly as the natural teeth. Fixed dentures are preferred over removable dentures by both doctors and patients because of various reasons, some of which includes:
- They are almost the same as the natural teeth both in function, looks, and feel.
- They are firmly held and do not slip away when eating or talking.
- As they are fixed permanently, they prevent bone loss in the jaw.
- They are firm and can last a lifetime.
How Fixed Dentures Work
Dental implants provide a leverage for replacement teeth to the jawbone while also serving the same functions of the roots of a natural tooth. The implants are not visible in the mouth as they are beneath the gum line; only the artificial teeth are apparent in the mouth.
Titanium used in making dental implants has the unique ability to fuse with the living bone, thereby, making the implants very stable and reliable.
For your new tooth to function as the natural teeth, it depends on the condition of the individual’s volume and density of the bone in the jaw. They might need from as few as four implants to as many as six.
What to Expect
The procedure used for putting in a dental implant that supports a fixed denture involves a simple regular surgery that can be done in a dental office and under local anesthesia.
After local anesthesia, the required number of implants would be placed in your jaw exactly at already preplanned angles and position to increase support and avoid the nerves and sinuses.
It could take from 1-3 hours to carry out the surgery depending on the number of implants needed. Anti-inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen or acetaminophen can be used for post-operative discomfort arising from the implant (though some people can do without these medications).
The next step that would be taken immediately after surgery would be determined by what’s best in promoting the healing process in your case. In some cases, temporary teeth are attached so that you would have teeth, and after a few months, the permanent teeth are installed to replace the temporary ones.
In other cases, there is no attachment until after some months when the implants would have had enough time to heal correctly. This latter approach is preferable as it ensures that osseointegration, I.e., the fusion of the implants to the jawbone is adequately accomplished.
Caution is the watchword irrespective of the method applied, especially during the crucial period of healing after surgery. Until osseointegration is completed, which could take about three months, it is advisable not to go for hard, chewy food, but instead, soft diets. Once your implants have adequately fused with your jawbone and your teeth attached to the implants, you would no have restrictions in your diet as your new tooth would be as efficient as the natural teeth.
Are you suffering from tooth loss and could benefit from dental implants? Contact our dental office to book a consultation appointment.