Implant Supported Dentures in Burke, Fairfax, Springfield
Thanks to major advances in dentistry, you no longer have to cope with the traditional conventional denture. Implant supported dentures are a comfortable alternative that provide greater stability. Rather than using the gums to stabilize the denture, dental implants secure the overdentures or fixed dentures. Implant dentures comes in both fixed or removable forms, each serving the specific needs of each patient. Dr. Pejman Ghorbani provides implant dentures for patients experiencing extensive tooth damage or tooth loss (edentulism). With an implant denture, you can get back to enjoying life with less hassle and a great smile! Continue reading below for more information on which is the right denture for you.
Semi-Removable Implant Denture (Overdenture)
A semi-removable overdenture uses two implants to anchor the denture in place. The overdentures snaps in and out of place which provides greater stability compared to conventional removable dentures.
First, Dr. Ghorbani attaches 2 implants to the lower arch which involves placing a screw-like dental implant in place of the removed/missing tooth. A temporary denture will also be provided to avoid excessive pressure to the new implant and continued function. After a few months, your implants fuse with the jawbone and are now capable of supporting a denture. Dr. Ghorbani places a collar over each implant to prepare the surrounding gums. After a couple weeks, regular abutments replace the collars. Dr. Ghorbani makes an impression of your mouth to help create the framework and teeth for the final denture. At your following appointment, a metal bar is attached to your abutments and the denture framwork securely attached. The replacement teeth are then fitted to the framework and the bar secured. You’re now ready to enjoy your new overdentures!
Caring for your Overdenture
The benefit of having a removable denture is easy cleaning. The denture as well as the attachment points inside the mouth should be carefully and thoroughly cleaned every night. Your dentist will have you come in to have the bar replaced eventually to ensure your denture retains the proper fit.
Non-Removable (Permanent) Fixed Denture
A permanent fixed denture, also known as All on 4, usually uses 4 implants to securely hold the denture in place. Since these dentures are screwed in, they are non-removable which provides the greatest level of stability.
The process for a fixed denture is similar to the overdenture with some exceptions. Similarly, Dr. Ghorbani places 4 implants that fuse with the jawbone over a few months. However, rather than attaching a bar, the denture is screwed into place using the implants.
Caring for your Fixed Dentures
In terms of maintenance, the prosthetic teeth, much like natural teeth, undergo normal wear and tear. At some point, these will need to be replaced to ensure you have a proper bit and function to your teeth. We can also create a nightguard to help maintain your implant supported denture even longer with less complications. Cleaning your permanent denture thoroughly and regularly is important to avoid tartar buildup. With proper hygiene practices, you can enjoy your fixed dentures like they are your natural teeth. Depending on your oral health, a yearly dental visit may suffice including a cleaning and X-ray to check on the underlying implants. Should any problems arise with your denture, we remove them in the office and provide any cleaning or repair services necessary.
Take Action for Your Oral Health Today!
If you suffer with damaged or missing teeth, or are tired of the conventional removable denture, don’t wait another day to benefit from a dental implant denture. Dr. Ghorbani, your dentist in Burke, can rescue your smile! Request an appointment today.
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