Patients who wear traditional dentures know that their lower denture is always "loose" and must wear denture adhesives if they want them more secure. When these temporary support methods fail, your prosthesis can shift out of place and impair speech, give you difficulty eating, or cause pain. For patients who are looking for an extra level of denture security and stability, 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 increasing your self-confidence and providing patients with a more secure denture with two dental implants. These implant dentures "Snap-On" to TWO dental implants placed in the jaw. This style of prosthesis is removable and is a simpler version of dental implant therapies.
If you need to replace the teeth on your lower jaw, or a few back 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. With snap-on dentures, you will have increased bite force! Eat more, have more enjoyment in social settings, and enjoy the foods you want with snap on dentures.
Implant-supported dentures not only offer increased stability, they also provide benefits to a patient’s overall oral health, unlike other restorative treatments. After a person experiences tooth loss, the surrounding area of the jawbone no longer receives stimulation and begins to weaken. As time passes, this bone atrophy can lead to further tooth loss and other oral concerns. Dental implants serve the role of natural tooth roots, so they are the only restorative treatment that can help prevent bone loss and improve the strength of your jaw. These unparalleled advantages make implant-supported dentures the best restorative treatment available to replace a large number of missing teeth.
To receive an implant-supported denture, patients must first qualify for dental implant surgery. The amount of your jawbone present will be the most important consideration when evaluating your candidacy. Most patients have enough bone so many are a candidate. The first step in the process is a consultation, Dr. Damon or Dr. Blankenship will create advanced 3-D computed tomography (CT) scans with iCAT® technology to carefully examine your jaw and determine if it is sufficient enough to support implants.
The exact number of needed implants will depend on the strength of your jawbone and the type of restoration you intend to support. Before recommending implants, Dr. Damon will first evaluate your overall health.
After your consultation, we will fabricate a new set of dentures for you to wear during the 4-5 month healing period. We will then perform the surgery, usually under IV Sedation, place the implants in the jaw bone, cover the implants with the gums and let the bone fuse to the implants for 4-5 months. This process is called Osseointegration. After the appropriate healing time, we will see you back for a healing check and uncovering appointment. Here we will make a small incision in the gums, place 2 locator abutments on them, and make impressions for your final implant supported snap-on denture.
Fabricating your final snap on denture takes 4 appointments. Uncovering and impressions are the first step. We then may make a metal framework, see you back for a jaw relation record also known as wax rims. The third step is a wax try in to make sure the bite is good, you like the teeth; and then we will process the denture to make it final. At delivery, we will place snaps to hook up your snap on denture. Most patients need a post-op appointment for an adjustment or two.
At Texas Denture Clinic and Implant Center, Dr. 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 to learn more.