If you are missing most or all of your teeth, dentures can be an effective way to restore your appearance and oral function. By teaming with surgical specialists, Dr. C. Mike Meek and Dr. David J. Tasch can provide implant-supported dentures at their Austin, TX, practice. These restorations are extremely secure and will never move around in your mouth. Plus, at 38th Street Dental, we use state-of-the-art materials, so your prosthetic will essentially appear identical to your natural teeth. If you already wear dentures and find them unstable or uncomfortable to wear, we can replace them with new dentures supported by dental implants for a tremendous improvement in function.
Are Implant-supported Dentures Right for You?
We offer two types of implant-supported dentures: full and partial dentures. Therefore, if you are missing all or a large number of your teeth, these restorations may be right for you. To determine your candidacy for implants, Dr. Meek or Dr. Tasch will thoroughly evaluate your oral health. Your dentist and surgeon will take x-rays and computerized tomography (CT) scans of your jaw to make sure that you have enough bone density to support implants. Your dentist will also consider your gum health, since periodontal disease can affect your eligibility for implants. Finally, as a candidate for treatment, it is important that you have overall good health with no conditions that could affect the healing process.
Because the implant posts will replace your dental roots, they will also prevent bone loss.
How Do Implant-supported Dentures Work?
If Dr. Meek or Dr. Tasch determines that you are a candidate for implants, he will refer you to one of our oral surgical partners to work with your surgeon of choice. In many cases, you will visit the specialist right next door for truly convenient care. Your specialist will place, using your 3-dimensional x-rays 3D printed surgical guides to achieve the most precise placement possible. This is the safest and most conservative way to deliver dental implants. If you are going to receive a partial denture, you will require two or more posts. If you are getting a full denture, your surgeon will place four or more implants. In some cases, we may recommend the All-on-4® method.
After your surgery, you will recover uneventfully. As you recover, the implant posts will fuse with the surrounding tissue and become permanent fixtures in your jaw. Then Dr. Meek or Dr. Tasch will attach a custom-made restoration. Crafted from lifelike materials, it will be built on a ctechnologically advanced materials for incredible stability and durability. In some cases, we can provide a same-day denture, particularly if you select the All-on-4® method. Then, once you have healed, you will receive your permanent prosthetic.
Why Choose Implant-supported Dentures?
Missing teeth can dramatically impair your quality of life. The gaps in your smile can limit your diet and cause significant speech impediments. They can also affect your appearance and self-esteem. While all dentures will fill in these noticeable spaces, implant-supported restorations offer one-of-a-kind benefits. Unlike removable prosthetics, they will not slip out of place. You will not typically have any dietary restrictions, and you can speak and smile freely. Your prosthetic will also look more realistic, since it will sit directly against your gums without a plastic base or adhesive. Finally, because the dental implant posts will replace your dental roots, they will also prevent bone loss. Therefore, you will not have to worry about a changing appearance, and your denture will continue to fit securely in your mouth.
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Implant-supported dentures have made a huge difference in quality of life for thousands of patients. To learn more about implant-supported dentures and to find out if you are a candidate for this type of restoration, contact 38th Street Dental today.