Dentures secured by implants are permanent dentures held in place with permanent metal screws or posts, and they are available at Boulder County Smiles in Lafayette CO.
The metal posts are called dental implants. Permanent dental implants can be used in many different ways. In this post, we describe one application: as a sturdy base for securing a denture to either the upper or lower arch.
How are the posts inserted?
The implants are first surgically implanted into the jaw bone.
The patient is then given time to heal with the posts in place. In the months after implantation, the post meshes with the jaw bone in a process called osseointegration.
Once healed, the implant recipient returns for a final fitment of his/her new permanent dentures.
Who is an appropriate candidate for dentures secured by implants?
When thinking about whether to get implant secured dentures, standard dentures, or some other restoration option, the quantity of teeth missing will be a determining factor. If you have experienced extensive tooth loss but still have good bone then you may be an appropriate candidate.
For people with one or two missing teeth, an implant for each missing tooth may be a better option. Each post would have an abutment (connecting piece) and crown affixed.
People with three or four adjacent missing teeth may consider an implant-supported dental bridge from Boulder County Smiles in Lafayette CO. Call our office today!