Dental implants are an option for patients who have lost one or more teeth, whether it be from tooth extraction or decay.
Dental implants are made of titanium and are placed in the jawbone to act as anchors for dentures, crowns, or bridges. Implants can look and feel like your own natural teeth. Dental implant candidates must be in good overall health and have good, healthy gums and bones. If you are a smoker or have diabetes you may not be a good candidate for dental implants, as these make it harder to heal from oral surgery.
Please contact Dr. Hart at Richmond VA Dental Arts, 804-278-4141 for a complimentary examination to see if you could benefit from implant restorations.
Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth. Implants can replace 1 tooth or several teeth to act as support for removable partial dentures or complete dentures. Dental implants are a wonderful choice for patients who want a natural and functional smile.
Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth. Implants can replace one tooth or several teeth to act as support for removable partial dentures or complete dentures. Dental implants are a wonderful choice for patients who want a natural and functional smile.
Implant Supported Dentures
At Richmond Dental Arts, we offer a range of tooth replacement options, including implant supported dentures. Implanted dentures are a great option to restore function and a perfect smile if you are missing a row of teeth.
What Are Implant Supported Dentures?
Also known as snap-in dentures, implant supported dentures combine the advantages of dental implants with conventional dentures. Although the dental implants will be permanent, the denture is removable, so you can snap them on and off as often as you like.
Why Consider Implant Supported Dentures Instead of Standard Dentures?
Not everyone likes to deal with dentures. Some people find them uncomfortable, and they may become loose and ill-fitting. This may cause you problems when you talk, laugh, and eat, as well as affect your self-confidence.
If your denture is attached to dental implants it is secure and is a much more permanent solution than standard dentures. Talking, eating what you like, and smiling with confidence will become second nature again without worrying about your dentures.
What Are the Advantages of Implant Supported Dentures?
Stability is one of the main advantages of implant supported dentures over standard dentures. Implant supported dentures don’t slip or move about. Plus, there is no need to use messy adhesive to secure them.
Compared to other implant supported restoration procedures, fewer implants are required, which reduces the cost. For patients who have bone loss, implant supported dentures may be an option because the implants are inserted at a different angle to single implants. This creates greater stability and makes bone grafting redundant. Furthermore, replacement teeth are attached immediately after implant placement, unlike traditional implants which require a waiting period of several months for implant-bone integration to take place.
Advantages of Dental Implants:
Once your dental implants are in place you can eat, talk and smile better. Dr. Hart works in collaboration with and oral surgeons for the actual implant(s) placement and then you will return to her for the completion of your dental care.
Am I a Suitable Candidate?
You will need to be in good general health to have dental implants placed, and if you have any long-term health conditions the dentist will want to confirm it is well-controlled. Similarly, it is important to have a healthy mouth with no active signs of tooth decay or gum disease. If you suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding or teeth clenching), dental implants may not be an option as this may put unnecessary stress on the implants, causing damage.
One of the problems that may exclude you from treatment with dental implants is if you have advanced periodontitis which has caused bone loss in the jawbone. This is the severest form of gum disease that infects and destroys gums, as well as the bone that supports the teeth. While the implants used for implant-supported dentures may be placed in patients with bone loss, there still has to be a viable amount.
Success of Your Dental Implant
Success rates on dental implants decreases a lot if you are a smoker, have uncontrolled diabetes or are chronically unhealthy. Everyone is aware of the health problems that smoking causes to the body. In the mouth, smoking restricts blood flow, which means that the oxygen and nutrients required in the cells to promote healing after the insertion of implants is diminished. In turn, this may lead to implant failure. Thus, many dentists no longer place dental implants in patients who smoke, so if you do smoke you will need to give it up if you are serious about getting dental implants.
The dental implant procedure will require a number of visits to Dr. Hart’s office and the oral surgeon’s office for the indicated treatment planning and placement of the implants. Once the implants are placed into your jaw, the implants have to fuse, or osseointegrate, into your jawbone. After healing has occurred, the artificial teeth are made and attached to the implant.
Proper oral hygiene, diet and preventative care will all help in the long-term success of your dental implants.
Contact Us Today!
At Richmond VA Dental Arts we can talk you through all of the different tooth replacement options available, including dental implants and implant-supported dentures. If you are ready to discuss, contact us at 804-278-4141 and we will get you scheduled for a consultation appointment.