The Top 5 Benefits Of Full Mouth Dental Implants
Whether you get your new implants in one day, right after any necessary tooth extractions, or by the more traditional process, they will soon be ready to support your new dentures. This arrangement offers numerous important benefits over removable dentures, including these five:
- More comfortable to wear. Unlike removable dentures, implant-supported dentures do not rub against your gums and create painful sores. Because they are fully stable, they are much more comfortable to wear. Important to remember is the absence of pain nerves in hard denture acrylic and inside support bone. So when the gum which lays over the bone is pushed be the denture acrylic it is compressed and becomes painful and releases blood factors that stimulate bone dissolving away from the stress of compression. All that is avoided when your teeth are anchored to the implants! And not pressing on the gum/bone complex.
- Better functionality. Also, full mouth implants give you a more natural, firmer, biting and chewing pattern. Speaking too is easier. Across the full gamut of functions, permanent dentures are clearly superior.
- More durable. Traditional dentures tend to wear out every few years, forcing you to go back to the dentist to get a new set measured and manufactured in the lab. But permanent dentures hardly ever need replacing and may last a lifetime.
- More natural look. The aesthetics of the dentures made to fit onto implant rods are almost always top-of-the-line. They mimic the look and feel of your natural teeth so that few will even know the difference.
- Preservation of your jawbone. Over time, regular dentures wear down your alveolar ridge (the top of your lower jawbone). Not only do implant-supported dentures not do this, but the greater pressure they exert on your jaw helps to reduce resorption of bone matter after teeth are missing.
The first step is to talk to your local periodontist to see if dental implants and implant-supported dentures are right for you. If so, you may be able to have the implants put in same-day if your bone and gum tissue is healthy enough. Otherwise, you may need bone and soft tissue grafts, followed by a multi-step process.
The periodontist will make a small hole in your gum tissue down to the bone where the implant is to be placed. The implant rod is made of titanium and will naturally and safely fuse to the bone over time, creating a firm grip. Some implants bore into the bone, while others fuse to the bone surface.
Once your mouth has healed, the dentures can be placed on top of them. Small clips or ball-shaped anchors to which the dentures will attach - and a dental expert can detach them when necessary too. Temporary crowns can be worn while your mouth is healing and while the lab is busy producing your dentures. Be sure to follow all post-op instructions after getting implants, which may include a soft diet temporarily and extra dental hygiene measures at home.
The process of getting implants and accompanying dentures may take two or more visits to a dental practitioner and weeks or months of healing time. But the end result is well worth it.
To learn more about full mouth implants, contact periodontist Dr. Raymond A. Kenzik today!