Every effort is made to make a good and functional denture, it is sometimes hard to achieve a stable and retentive denture, this is mainly due to the jaw bone constantly shrinking with age, smoking, or for some systemic diseases such as diabetes, or even chewing pressure on the existing denture. However, there are new advances in making dentures, one such advance is an implant-supported denture that increases the stability of the denture, this kind of dental appliance requires the placement of implants in your mouth, before making the denture, dental implants are used to replace one or more missing teeth in your mouth. Implants are made of titanium or similar materials that are well suited to the human body they are artificial replacements, for teeth roots that support a restoration or a dental appliance.
Before we start, it’s important that you notify your dentist of any medical condition you may have such as whether you have any artificial joints, diabetes or a history of heart and valve conditions. You should also inform your dentist of any medications you are currently taking or have previously taken such as Redux or Fen-Phen blood thinners or importantly medications that contain bisphosphonates like Fosamax, it normally takes a few phases, and several months for your dentist to complete the treatment. In the first phase your dentist will place the implants in your jaw bone it requires 3 to 6 months for the bone to fuse to the implants. In the second phase, your dentist will place an extension or opposed to extend the implants above the gum line. This process can also be performed during the first phase depending on the technique chosen by your dentist after your gums are healed it is time for an impression to be made and a final restoration or appliance to be fabricated by the dental laboratory. In most cases on your final visit, the restoration or the dental appliances are placed and adjusted to ensure proper fit and function.
While every effort is made to place a successful and functioning implant it sometimes fails, this is mainly due to lack of proper attachment between the implant and the jawbone during the bone fusing phase. Other problems such as breakage of the implants, or breakage or loosening of its restoration or dental appliance or infection of the surrounding gums are also rare possibilities. Finally due to differences in the shapes of the jaws and the bone density the back area of upper jaw may require an additional procedure such as a sinus lifting to increase the predictability and long-term success if you have any additional questions please consult Dr. Lieu or Dr. Styles