Implant Supported Dentures
Implant Supported Dentures
Implant-supported dentures are a type of dental restoration designed to replace missing teeth. They're specifically crafted for individuals who might feel anxious about traditional dentures or have concerns about them shifting or slipping.
Here's how they work:
Implants: Small titanium posts are surgically placed into the jawbone, serving as artificial tooth roots. These implants fuse with the bone, providing a sturdy foundation.
Dentures: Instead of relying on the gums or adhesive for support, these dentures are attached to the implants. They can be either removable or fixed, depending on the specific type.
For someone with dental anxiety, implant-supported dentures offer several benefits:
Stability: Because they're anchored to implants, there's less worry about them moving or slipping during speaking or eating, which can be a concern with traditional dentures.
Comfort: They can feel more natural and secure since they're firmly attached to the jawbone, reducing the discomfort or fear associated with loose-fitting dentures.
Improved Confidence: Knowing that these dentures are securely fastened can boost confidence, alleviating some of the anxiety related to dental procedures or wearing dentures.
Overall, implant-supported dentures can provide a more reliable and comfortable solution for individuals who need dentures but are anxious about their stability or fit. They offer a sense of security and functionality closer to natural teeth, which can significantly ease concerns about dental procedures and the use of dentures.
The process of getting implant-supported dentures typically involves several steps:
Initial Consultation: You'll have a thorough discussion with Dr. Kaushesh. He'll examine your oral health, discuss your medical history, take X-rays, and determine if you're a suitable candidate for implant-supported dentures. This is also the time to address any questions or concerns you may have.
Treatment Plan: Based on the examination results, Dr. Kaushesh will develop a personalized treatment plan. This plan will outline the number of implants needed and the type of denture (removable or fixed) that would best suit your needs.
Implant Placement: The next step involves a minor surgical procedure where the implants are placed into your jawbone. It's done under local anesthesia, and in some cases, sedation might be offered to help you relax during the procedure. The implants need time to integrate with your bone, a process called osseointegration, which can take several months.
Healing Period: Over the next few months, the implants will fuse with your jawbone, providing a strong foundation for the dentures. Dr. Kaushesh may provide temporary dentures during this healing phase if needed.
Abutment Placement: Once the implants have fully integrated, a connector piece called an abutment is attached to the implants. This serves as a support for the dentures.
Denture Placement: Finally, the custom-made dentures are attached to the abutments. Dr. Kaushesh will ensure they fit properly and comfortably. He might make some adjustments to ensure a perfect fit.
Follow-Up Visits: Regular check-ups will be scheduled to monitor the healing process and the functionality of your new implant-supported dentures.
Throughout this process, Dr. Kaushesh will guide you, provide care instructions, and address any concerns you might have. It's essential to maintain good oral hygiene and follow Dr. Kaushesh's recommendations for the best results and long-term success of your implant-supported dentures. While the process might seem involved, many patients find that the stability and comfort these dentures provide make it well worth the effort.