When dental implants came into use, they were seen as an effective way to restore the full function and appearance of a single lost tooth. As time passed, dental implant technology has continued to evolve to help offer several different restoration options. Now, dental implants can also be used to create anchors to help lock your removable dentures in place.
The number of titanium anchors you’ll need installed into your mouth will vary. Most people usually need to have four to six implants installed for each pair of dentures.
The first step involves your dentist, Dr. Nathan Lester, performing a thorough examination of your mouth and taking a few X-rays. Many people with dentures have suffered the loss of bone structure in their jaw as a result of chronic gum disease or multiple tooth extractions. If this is the case for you, Dr. Nathan Lester might recommend receiving a bone graft to restore enough bone structure to securely anchor the implant anchors.
The dental implants can be installed in your mouth in a single outpatient appointment. You will need to be sedated for your own comfort. You will feel groggy for a while after the appointment, so it’s best to arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home after your appointment.
During the session, four to six small incisions will be made in your gums to gain direct access to the underlying bone. A narrow channel will be made in the bone for each anchor. Then, the titanium abutments will be screwed into place. Titanium is known to be biologically safe and will eventually fuse to the bone structure without complications.
Once the titanium implants have completely fused to the bone, Dr. Nathan Lester can start the process of fitting you for the special dentures and locking hardware needed to secure your dentures in place all day long.
If you are interested in a more effective way to lock your dentures into place, you should call Bear River Dental at 307.789.5608 to see if you’re a good candidate for denture implant anchors in Evanston, Wyoming.