At Smiles by Martin in Grapevine, we are dedicated to helping patients achieve and maintain their healthiest smiles. When it comes to restoring smiles following advanced tooth loss, we rely on the innovative dental implant tooth replacement method. If you’re unhappy with the fit or function of a denture or you’re struggling with advanced tooth loss, it may be time to call our team to schedule a tooth replacement consultation with our team.
Partial dentures are used to close the gaps in your smile left by advanced tooth loss. These prosthetics are crafted using a gum-colored base material to support numerous replacement teeth. In most cases, partial dentures are supported with just two to four strategically placed dental implant posts, protecting your remaining healthy teeth and recreating lost tooth structures.
Like partial dentures, full dentures are crafting using a gum-colored base material to support a full row of replacement teeth. Depending on the patient, just four to six dental implant posts may be used to support the full denture. Once in place, your implant supported denture will look, feel, and function just like your healthy, natural smile.
Dental implants mimic the lost roots of teeth. They are surgically placed below the gums where they fuse with gum and bone structures, recreating your smile from the roots up. The dental implant supported denture process is completed in several phases.
First, we’ll begin by preparing your smile. This may include removing damaged or decayed teeth, placing tissue grafts, or providing other services to improve oral health and function before we start the tooth replacement process.
Next, you’ll need to have your dental implants surgically placed below the gums. These procedures are relatively simple. We make a small incision in the gums. The implant post is positioned into the jawbone, and a proactive cap is attached.
Over the course of three to six months, the dental implant posts fuse with the jawbone and gum tissue. Once the implant is firmly positioned, you’ll return to the office, so we can attach your abutment (attachment piece) and design the denture.
When your denture is completed by the dental lab, you’ll return to our office where we affix the partial or full denture to your dental implants.
Some of the many benefits of dental implant supported dentures include:
Once your partial or full dentures are in place, you can brush them just like you would your healthy smile. We may also recommend using an air or water flosser to remove stubborn plaque from the surfaces of your denture and between the denture and gum line. During six month dental exams and teeth cleanings, we’ll examine your smile, and partner with you to maintain your functional implant supported partial or full denture.