Dentures have undergone a revolution in recent years due to advances in dental technology, like dental implants. The team of denture specialists at Core Smiles in NoMad, Manhattan, New York City, provide their patients with high-quality implant dentures that feel comfortable and look beautifully natural. To learn more about how implant dentures can improve your quality of life, schedule a consultation at Core Smiles by calling the office or booking a visit online.
Simply stated, implant dentures are dentures that are held in place with dental implants. Unlike traditional dentures, which attach to your gums with suction or an adhesive, implant dentures have a foundation that’s actually fused to your bone structure.
This foundation makes them more comfortable and secure than traditional dentures while providing all of the health benefits typically associated with dental implants.
Dental implants are tiny titanium posts that are surgically inserted into your jawbone. Your body doesn’t recognize titanium as a foreign substance, so the implant fuses with the bone as you heal from your surgery.
Dental implants essentially act as artificial tooth roots by providing a strong and sturdy foundation for a restoration, such as a crown, a bridge, or dentures.
Implant dentures offer a wide range of benefits, including:
Implant dentures for the upper jaw also cover less of the roof of your mouth than traditional dentures do. Since the dentures are held in place by the implants, rather than by the suction between your palate and the denture, your dentures don’t need to have a base that covers the roof of your mouth.
Your dental implants also have a variety of health benefits by themselves. Because they become a part of your jaw, they provide stimulation to your jawbone, which helps to prevent the bone loss and facial sagging that frequently happen when you’re missing teeth.
Your dentist at Core Smiles first takes X-rays and 3D CT scans of your mouth to determine the best location for your implants and to assess whether you have enough healthy bone to support the implants. If you don’t have enough bone tissue, your dentist performs a bone graft.
Your dentist also takes impressions of your mouth to make a set of temporary dentures for you to wear over the next few months before your implant dentures are ready.
Next, your dentist places your implants. He makes a tiny incision in your gum, prepares a small hole in your jawbone and inserts the implant. Your implant fuses with your jawbone over the next few months as you heal from the surgery.
Once your implant has fused with your jaw, your dentist performs another procedure to place the abutments, which are tiny posts that connect your implants to your dentures. After you’ve healed from the abutment procedure, your dentist takes an impression of your mouth and sends it to a lab, where your dentures are fabricated.
After the lab finishes making your dentures, you come back to Core Smiles so your dentist can affix them to the abutments and ensure that they fit comfortably. He makes any necessary adjustments and relines them before sending you home with a beautiful and sturdy new smile.
Get started with your implant dentures today by scheduling a consultation with Core Smiles. You can book your visit by phone or online.