August 16, 2018
When you’re missing teeth, life can be quite difficult. Simple things like chewing food, smiling for photos and speaking clearly can become challenging. You may be feeling like there isn’t any help for you, but with the advancements in dentistry, patients are able to restore the full function and aesthetics of their teeth with implant dentures. Are you the right candidate for them, though? Your dentist weighs in to provide answers.
What are Dental Implants?
Implant dentures consist of two main components: the implants and the prosthetic. Let’s start by taking a look at the implant. It’s a surgically inserted titanium post that attaches to the jawbone and acts as the roots of your teeth. For patients missing an entire arch of teeth, several implants will strategically be placed to provide support for the prosthetics that will attach to them.
After the posts are inserted, there will be a period of healing where they will also fuse with your existing bone structure through a process called osseointegration. This provides a sturdy foundation for your prosthetic to attach to.
Make Way for the Dentures
While your face heals from the initial stages of the implant process, you’ll be fitted with a temporary set of dentures. Meanwhile, a trusted lab will begin fabricating your permanent prosthetics, which unlike traditional dentures, will allow you to taste the complex flavors of different foods, chew with enough force for proper digestion and enjoy a natural-looking smile.
The question still remains, though – are you the right candidate for implant dentures?
The Criteria for Implant Dentures
The implant denture procedure has over a 95% success rate. This partly hinges on the fact that your dentist takes the time to make sure that each candidate meets the basic criteria to qualify for the procedure, which include:
- Good overall health
- Stable oral health
- Sufficient amount of jawbone
- Missing one or both arches of teeth
For patients who are only missing a few teeth in a series but not an entire arch, an implant-supported bridge is the correct route to take. It consists of two or more porcelain prosthetics that are made into one fixture.
Will Insurance Pay for the Procedure?
While traditional dentures are typically covered, dental insurance usually will not cover dental implants. When you meet with your dentist, you can discuss the cost and arrangements for payment.
You’ve suffered long enough from your tooth loss. It’s now time to make a positive change. Reach out today to schedule a consultation and get on the road to restoring your life to normal.
About the Author
A graduate of the Baylor College of Dentistry, Dr. Michael Ryan has nearly a decade of experience as a dentist. A competent Prosthodontist, he specializes in using fixed and removable appliances in conjunction with dental implants. Dr. Ryan helps patients regain the lives they once had with implant dentures at Ryan Dental Group and can be reached for more information through his website.