If you’ve had a denture for a long time, you already know that their function only goes so far. While they can replace your entire smile at a relatively affordable cost, they often end up costing more in the long-term compared to other solutions available to you. That’s where implant dentures in Fairfax at MJM Family & Cosmetic Dentistry come in! Call our office today to learn how you can avoid a constantly shifting tooth replacement and fully enjoy the foods you love when you replace teeth with implant dentures.
Implant dentures are a type of complex dental restoration that is designed to attach to dental implants, keeping them fixed in place. This makes them distinctive from traditional dentures, which only rely on the natural suction of the gums and shape of the mouth to keep stable.
With that said, there are multiple types of implant dentures to consider as part of your tooth replacement. This includes fixed implant dentures and removable ones, both of which have their own unique benefits.
Fixed implant dentures are generally easier to live with because you don’t have to worry about removing them to keep them clean. However, only a dentist can properly remove them. That means you will need to pay special attention to your oral hygiene at home to ensure residual food and plaque do not collect on your restoration.
If you prefer the freedom of being able to take out your denture for regular cleaning, similar to that of a traditional denture, it can be customized for easy removability. You’ll just need to be extra careful with it to avoid potential drops or damage.
To place your denture, you first need to have four to six dental implants placed throughout your jaw. Ahead of surgery, our office will make sure there is enough bone tissue for the implants to integrate properly. If this is the case, we’ll schedule you for surgery. During treatment, small incisions are made in the gum tissue and tiny holes are created for the implants to sit in. After the implants have fused with the bone, you’ll come back to have the abutments placed, then an impression will be created. This impression is used to fabricate your denture.
If you are missing most or all of your teeth, chances are you are eligible for implant dentures. However, patients should also have:
By choosing implant dentures over traditional dentures, you can expect many unique benefits that not only improve your oral health, but your quality of life as well. For example, you can expect:
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