Dentures and Dental Implants
It is thanks to dentures that patients no longer have to simply learn to live with missing teeth. Dentures provide a solution that is both effective and affordable for any patient. Recently, dental implants have taken the dental hygiene world by storm. With dental implants supporting them, dentures have become even stronger! Today, Dr. Kelley Fisher is blogging from Issaquah, WA to discuss fixed dentures and their benefits. Fixed dentures are the perfect marriage of the strength of dental implants and the complete restoration of dentures. Read on to learn how fixed dentures are becoming the go to treatment for partial and full arch restoration.
Fixed Dentures and You
Fixed dentures utilize the dentures you know and love, and combine them with dental implants. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made from titanium that are surgically fused with your jawbone. Through a process called osseointegration, the jawbone and surrounding gums accept dental implants as a natural part of the body. This makes dental implants work and feel just like natural teeth. With dental implants in place, dentures can be connected, giving them strength and stability. Dental implants combined with dentures provide an unparalleled level of comfort and support. And, by connecting your dentures to dental implants, your jawbone and gums will receive all the exercise they need, preventing bone deterioration and gum recession.
A good patient for fixed dentures is one who has good oral and general health. In order to proceed with dental implant surgery, a patient must have adequate jawbone and gum structure to support the implants. A lack of either of these does not necessarily disqualify you from pursuing fixed dentures. For these cases, bone grafting and soft tissue augmentation can be used to restore these deficiencies. Bone grafting is a procedure where bone is taken from another part of the body, usually the hip, and grafted to the deficient area, restoring the jawbone. Soft tissue augmentation takes gum tissue from the roof of the mouth and then grafts it to the deficient area. A good patient for fixed dentures will also be free of tooth decay and periodontal disease. Both of these conditions can interfere with the dental implant process and cause the procedure to fail. Fortunately, our success rate for this treatment is 95-98%!
Schedule a Consultation in Issaquah, WA
With dental implants supporting them, dentures have become an even stronger and more effective restorative treatment. Dental implants can improve both the comfort and stability of your dentures, providing an even better treatment for your missing teeth. If you would like to find out if you might be a good candidate for fixed dentures, we encourage you to contact us and schedule a no-obligation consultation with Dr. Kelley Fisher. We look forward to helping you complete your smile soon!