Fixed Implant DenturesHouston, TX
For those needing full teeth replacement, traditional dentures used to be the only option. Now, fixed implant dentures offer an alternative closer to having natural teeth. Prosthodontist Eva Boldridge, DMD, PA, is excited to offer this alternative to her patients.
If traditional dentures do not appeal to you, there is another way. Fixed implant dentures are offered in our Houston, TX office and surrounding areas. As a prosthodontist, our team also provides professional cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry. To learn more about fixed implant dentures or to make an appointment, call (281) 779-4022 today.
What are Fixed Implant Dentures
Fixed implant dentures are exactly what the name implies. They are a full set of false teeth and simulated gum tissue held in place by titanium implants. The titanium implants act as replacements for the natural roots of the patient’s teeth. Unlike removable implant-supported dentures, also known as overdentures, they are not taken out at night for cleaning. They are put in place by a dentist/oral surgeon and can only be removed by one.
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Benefits of Fixed Implant Dentures
Besides being the full teeth replacement option that most closely resembles natural teeth, there are many other benefits to fixed implant dentures, including:
- More natural biting capacity
- More comfort and stability
- No worry about them slipping while eating or talking or falling out of the mouth
- Patients report they look and feel more like natural teeth
- No dietary restrictions
- The titanium post stimulating the jaw and preventing jawbone loss
Who Should Consider Fixed Implant Dentures
Anyone needing a full teeth replacement option might want to consider fixed implant dentures. They have clear advantages over traditional dentures. They are typically the more expensive of the teeth replacement options, which the patient will have to consider. Insurance may not cover the procedure, but some dentists offer payment plans.
The health of the patient’s mouth is an important consideration for eligibility. They must have the jawbone to support the implants. Fortunately, bone grafting can help people with insufficient bone density become a good candidate for fixed implant dentures. While this procedure is effective, not everyone will be able to receive a bone graft. Thus, they will need to consider possible options with our team during a consultation.
Process of Getting Fixed Implant Dentures
The exact process can be different for every patient, especially if the dentist decides that bone grafting is the first necessary step. If bone grafting is needed this can add three to six months on to the treatment time. If there is no bone grafting required, the first step is to place the implants into the jawbone during a procedure. We will make sure the patient is comfortable during the procedure and does not feel any pain. After placing the implants, it then takes about three to six months for the implants to bond with the jawbone during a process known as osseointegration.
With some types of fixed implant dentures, there is a second step involved during which the implants must be uncovered for extensions to be attached to complete the foundation on which the patients fixed dentures will be placed. Some implant systems do not require this second step. The abutments on top of the posts that the false teeth are attached to are placed at the same time as the titanium posts.
Then the patient’s new set of teeth can be placed after the initial three to six-month healing period and osseointegration. The dentist will discuss the particular methods available to the patient and help them decide which method is right for them.
Caring for Fixed Implant Dentures
Fixed implant dentures are built to last, especially if the patient takes proper care of them. Since they are fixed in place, the patient cleans them in similar fashion to how one cleans natural teeth. Dentists recommend brushing them morning and night and after eating with a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste.
Interdental brushes or a water flosser is recommended to clean hard-to-reach places. Patients should remember to brush their gums and tongue as well. Also, just as with natural teeth, people should visit their dentist every six months to clean, maintain, and assure their fixed implant dentures are working properly.
Call Us Today
Our team is happy to answer any questions you may have if you are considering fixed implant dentures. Everyone deserves to be proud to show off their smile and enjoy the foods they love worry-free. For more information on fixed implant dentures or to make an appointment, call (281) 779-4022.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do Fixed Implant Dentures last?
With proper care, fixed implant dentures can last a long time. They can last anywhere from 10 to 20 years. There may come a time when they need maintenance, repair, or replacement, and this is something you can discuss with your dental care provider at your regular checkups.
What happens between the time of the implant placement surgery and the time the fixed dentures are placed?
Your dentist may provide immediate dentures for you while you wait. These are temporary dentures you can wear during this period. Immediate dentures can be worn right after implant surgery. It is suggested patients wear them for 24 hours after surgery before taking them out.
How do I go about finding an implant dentist or surgeon?
You will want to find a provider with the right education and experience. As usual, friends and family are always excellent resources. Thanks to this being the internet age, you can compile a great deal of research and read several reviews on the implant professionals in your area. It has never been easier to find quality medical professionals.
What about the cost of fixed implant dentures?
Cost is often a primary concern as the procedure can be expensive. Since it is a restorative procedure, check with your insurance plan to see if it is covered. Sometimes there are payment plans that can be worked out.
How painful is the process of getting fixed implant dentures?
This is a very understandable question when you consider all the surgery that may be involved. However, we will use an anesthetic, which will minimize the discomfort. Many patients have reported the discomfort was not nearly as bad as they thought it would be. Our team will discuss what we can do to make the procedure as easy for you as possible.
What should I do right after implant surgery?
Get a lot of rest and do not engage in any strenuous activity. Smoking or tobacco products are to be avoided as well as drinking through straws. These are just a few things advised for almost any dental surgery, from wisdom tooth removal to implant placement. Your dentist will give you very specific aftercare instructions for you to follow. Call our office immediately if you feel anything is not going as expected during the healing process.
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