At first dental implants were primarily used to replace a single missing tooth. As dental implant technology has advanced, new applications have become available to help secure dental work. One of the most recent developments is the ability to use dental implants to create multiple anchor points to help secure your dentures.
The first time you meet with your periodontist or oral surgeon, they will take a series of X-rays to assess bone structure and any other factors involved in implantation. If you lost your teeth due to advanced gum disease or severe tooth decay, they might recommend a bone graft procedure. This will restore enough healthy bone structure to anchor the denture implants. Most people require four to six anchor abutments in order to securely lock their dentures in place.
The implant procedure is usually performed on an outpatient basis. Most people choose to be sedated for their own comfort. This means you will need to arrange to have a friend or family member drive you. It also would help to have someone at home for the next day or so while you’re getting back on your feet.
The implant procedure involves an oral surgeon making a series of narrow channels in the bone of your jaw. Titanium anchors are then screwed securely into place. Titanium is the ideal material for be abutment because it is biologically safe and in time it will fuse you’re your jaw bone to provide a solid anchor.
Once the gums are completely healed, you will be fitted for a new set of custom dentures, which includes locking hardware. This system of anchor points will give you a tight secure fit while offering you the same function that your natural teeth once did.
If you have any questions about denture implants please feel free to call 208-377-2160 to schedule an appointment.