If you have always wanted to improve your smile or bite because of missing teeth, then you may have considered dentures. While traditional dentures have always been the most popular method of treatment for missing teeth, they can slip, and even fall out while talking and eating, causing the wearer tremendous embarrassment.
Non-removable denture implants prevent this from happening, and are becoming increasingly popular among those who are seeking a permanent solution to tooth loss. Here are some important facts about denture implants for you to consider so that you can make an informed decision when choosing your method of treatment:
Before you can enjoy your new set of fixed implants, you will need to have your natural teeth extracted. While this process can usually be completed in one appointment, removing all of your teeth may take a few hours.
It is important to note, that if you take prescription anticoagulant medication or a daily aspirin to lower your risk for heart attack or stroke, your oral surgeon may recommend that you stop taking them about a week or so prior to your extractions.
These medications affect platelet aggregation, and because of this, your blood will take longer to clot. Although this is the desired effect for people at high risk for a cardiovascular or cerebral vascular incident, it may cause prolonged and heavy bleeding during your implant procedure. In spite of this, never stop taking your anticoagulants or aspirin without your physician's approval. Doing so may raise your risk for a blood clot.
Placement Of Implants
After your natural teeth have been extracted and your bleeding is under control, your dentist will surgically place your implant posts in the spaces where your natural teeth were. After the posts have been placed, temporary teeth will be affixed to them.
It may take months before your mouth and bones that support your implants are completely healed. Your implants are placed inside holes that have been drilled into your bones. This is done after the oral surgeon incises your gum tissue to expose the bones in your mouth. After your bones have healed, your new permanent teeth will be placed, replacing the temporary teeth that your dentist placed at the time of your tooth extractions.
If you are seeking an alternative to removable dentures, make an appointment with your dentist to discuss denture implants. He or she will explain the entire process, recovery time, cost, risks, and benefits. While your dental insurance may not cover all the costs for your implant procedure, your dentist may offer you an alternative finance option such as an installment payment plan.