Patients who wear traditional dentures must typically secure them with dental adhesives. When these temporary support methods fail, your prosthesis can shift out of place, impair speech, fall out of the mouth, or create an embarrassing moment. For patients who are looking for an extra level of security and stability when it comes to their restorations, Dr. Clark Damon offers implant-supported dentures at his Amarillo, TX, practice. Unlike traditional restorations, implant-supported dentures can improve both the look and function of your smile by stimulating bone and tissue that have been negatively affected by tooth loss. To learn more about implant-supported dentures and review your candidacy, contact our friendly staff or call our office at 806 803 9219.
If you need to replace several missing teeth, Dr. Damon can use dental implants to provide a lifetime of support for complete or partial dentures. Traditional dentures can slip or fall when eating or speaking. Supporting your restorations with dental implants can provide patients with the added confidence of knowing their prosthesis will virtually always remain firmly in place.
Implant-supported dentures not only offer improved stability, they also provide benefits to a patient's overall oral health. After a person experiences tooth loss, the surround area of the jawbone will no longer receive stimulation and begin to weaken. As time passes, this bone atrophy can lead to further bone loss and other oral concerns. Dental implants serve the role of natural tooth roots, so they are the only restorative treatment that can prevent bone loss and improve the strength of your jaw. These unparalleled advantages make implant-supported dentures a good restorative treatment available to secure a loose lower denture. Typically snap on dentures are placed in the mandible (lower jaw) only and with 2 implants we are able to achieve a stable result.
In order to receive an implant-supported denture, patients must first qualify for dental implant surgery. During a consultation, Dr. Damon will create advanced 3-D computed tomography (CT) scans with iCAT® technology to carefully examine your jaw. Most patients can receive dental implants, it is knowing how to adjust implant placement, choice, and the final treatment plan that will come into play with your consultation.
The exact number of implants you need to receive will depend on the desired result. For example, if you are wanting teeth in a day and permanent dental implants, you will need 4 implants. If you are wanting a simple snap on denture, you will typically receive 2 (maybe 3 based on differing anatomies of the jaw).
Typical medical conditions that will exclude patients from receiving dental implants are: patients receiving Zometa injected bisphosphonate and if you have received high dose radiation directly to the jaws for cancer treatments. Patients do need diabetes under control with A1C's under 10.
At Texas Denture Clinic and Implant Center, in Amarillo, TX Dr. Gordon Clark Damon works with individual patients to develop restorative treatment plans that will best meet their unique needs. If you or your loved one is interested in implant-supported dentures, contact our office today or call 806 803 9219 to learn more.