Want Your Dentures to Fit Better? We Can Help.
Walnut Ranch in Ardmore, Oklahoma has several solutions to your loose-fitting dentures. The most preferred method is dental implants to stabilize dentures and virtually eliminate many of the problems associated with complete tooth loss and wearing dentures. For patients who have lost a significant amount of bone and lip support, a removable overdenture, which fits “over” the dental implants will often be the treatment of choice.
Some of the benefits of dental implant treatment for stabilizing dentures include:
- Prevention of further bone deterioration caused by complete tooth loss and wearing dentures
- Provide stability and comfort, improving function and restoring a sense of confidence
- Facial appearance can be improved restoring lost lip support and minimizing wrinkles
- Biting and chewing capability is significantly increased, improving nutrition and overall health
The implant process for denture stabilization
Implants are usually placed in the jawbone at the front of your mouth because there tends to be more bone in the front of the jaw than in the back. This usually is true even if teeth have been missing for some time. Once you lose teeth, you begin to lose bone in that area.
The time frame to complete the implant depends on many factors. A one-stage procedure is used sometimes. In this procedure, your dentist can place the implants and the supporting bar in one step. The success rate of this procedure is high.
The shortest time frame is usually about five months in the lower jaw and seven months in the upper jaw. This includes surgeries and the placement of the denture. However, the process can last a year or more, especially if you need bone grafting or other preliminary procedures.
Two surgeries usually are needed. The first one places the implants in the jawbone under your gums. The second surgery exposes the tops of the implants. The second procedure comes three to six months after the first.