What does getting a dental implant supported bridge involve?
Just like having a single dental implant placed you will see the Oral Surgeon or Periodontist who will surgically place the implants into the bone. Because the Implant Supported Bridge will be replacing three or more teeth there will be two or more implants placed by the Surgeon. After a similar healing period and integration a special post or abutment is attached to the implants to support the new porcelain bridge.
The replacement teeth are made from top-quality dental porcelain and are custom-designed to match your natural teeth in shape, size, and color. The replacement teeth are a type of dental crown. The crowns are attached to each other, forming the dental bridge, which is attached to the abutments. Once the replacement teeth are in position, the abutment and dental implants are virtually indistinguishable from your natural smile.
Replacing All Of Your Teeth
Those who opt for implant supported dentures are more confident when they talk, laugh, and eat in public. They do not have to worry about their false teeth slipping or falling out while they are eating or engaged in conversation.
Implant supported dentures are also less likely than conventional dentures to interfere with normal speech. The loss of bone that accompanies conventional dentures leads to recession of the jawbone and a collapsed, unattractive smile. Implant supported dentures can help keep your bone healthy and intact.
Implants will allow you to enjoy foods like raw carrots, corn on the cob and apples that you may have avoided for years. Implant supported dentures can triple your biting force allowing you to eat any hard food that your original teeth were once able to do.
McGill University inToronto conducted a study to determine if people, especially the elderly, can improve their chewing ability and nutrition if they wear dentures anchored by implants. After 6 months, the group with dental implants did not only increase their body fat but blood tests recorded significantly higher levels of albumin, hemoglobin (Iron) and vitamin B12 – all indicators of nutrition. The study group also reported significant improvements in their ability to chew meat and hard vegetables and did not avoid foods they did in the past.
What Does Getting Implant Supported Dentures To Replace My Teeth Involve?
The dental implants are placed into the jaw bone by an Oral Surgeon or Periodontist. The implants are normally are placed in at the front of the jawbone where tends to be more bone in the front of the jaw than in the back, even if teeth have been missing for some time. The front jaw does not have as many nerves or other structures that could interfere with the placement of implants. The dental implants are then left to heal for a period of time ranging from 2 months or more. During the healing period, Dr. Neal will modify existing full dentures or a new set of temporary full dentures made for wear so that the patient is with teeth at all times.
There are two types of implant-supported dentures:
A thin metal bar that follows the curve of your jaw is attached to two to five implants that have been placed in your jawbone. Clips or other types of attachments are fitted to the bar the denture, or to both. The denture fits over the bar and is securely clipped into place by the attachments
Each implant that is embedded in jawbone holds a metal stud attachment that fits into another attachment on the overdenture. In most cases, the attachments on the implants are ball-shaped that fit into socketson the overdenture but may be reversed in certain cases.
In both cases, the overdenture is normally made of an acrylic base that will look like gums, with porcelain or acrylic teeth that look like natural teeth.