Prior to performing placement of implant supported dentures, we will conduct an in-depth dental and medical health history review to determine the underlying reason why implant supported dentures are necessary. This process will include an examination of your bite and for any indications of loose teeth, bone loss, TMJ, oral cancer, or signs of periodontal disease.
Once the underlying cause has been identified and it is determined that implant supported dentures are the appropriate treatment option for you, it will be necessary to take diagnostic exams (CT scan and X-Rays) to determine the precise placement of the implant and the number of implants necessary (typically 2 to 6). Once this is determined and the optimal locations are marked, the procedure will begin with administration of a local anesthetic and/or sedation. If necessary, this will be followed by the extraction of any teeth that need to be removed. Next, titanium posts are strategically placed in your jawbone. Once these posts are properly positioned, you will need to wait for several months for the posts to fully integrate with jawbone (osseointegration). During this period, temporary dentures will be placed to reduce your risk of developing an infection and allow you to preserve a full, healthy smile.
As soon as the jawbone has fully fused with the dental implant(s), the newly fabricated implant supported denture is placed. This is done with snaps on the back side of the denture tray. They lock on to the titanium post extensions preventing any slippage. Once in place, we will evaluate the overall fit and aesthetic appearance to ensure it matches aesthetically and provides you with optimal functional support. If it is determined that the implant meets these criteria, the implant supported denture process will be complete, and you can begin to enjoy your bright, new, full healthy smile.