Fixed Dentures Can Make Your Life Easier
Dr. Joseph J. Massad, DDS understands the importance of a comfortable denture and offers long-lasting treatment services to his patients. Implant-supported fixed dentures are a good solution for individuals without any teeth left but who have sufficient bone to support implants. Thanks to modern technology, you now have more options when it comes to replacing lost teeth. Fixed dentures can only be placed and removed by a certified dentist, which means you can just care for them like natural teeth with good everyday oral hygiene practices.
Patients may choose this option over removable dentures for multiple reasons. Fixed dentures supported by dental implants look, feel, and function just like natural teeth, they don’t slip when you eat or talk, and they can help prevent bone loss in the jaw. This type of denture is also long-lasting, especially with appropriate care!
Implant technology has significantly improved denture solutions. In the case of implant-supported fixed dentures, the implants serve the same purpose as the roots of natural teeth: anchoring the artificial teeth to your jawbone. These dental implants are made of titanium, a metal that has the unique ability to fuse to living bone, in this case, your jaw. Just like natural tooth roots, the implants lie under the gum line and therefore are not visible in the mouth. Only the lifelike prosthetic teeth we will attach to them (the fixed denture) can be seen by you or anyone else. The number of necessary implants varies but generally ranges between four and six to ensure that your new replacement teeth function as well as a set of healthy and natural teeth.
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Fixed dentures require surgery in an office setting under local anesthesia in most cases, which is now a routine procedure thanks to modern techniques. If you need to have some teeth removed , we will do this first, often on the same day we place your implants. The implants surgery generally takes one to three hours. We determine the appropriate number of implants, as well as their precise positions and angles, to maximize support and avoid anatomical structures such as nerves and sinuses. Most post-surgery pain can be managed with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Some patients don't even need to take that.
Our team determines what is best to promote healing depending on your situation. Sometimes a set of temporary teeth can be attached immediately so that you can leave the office with new teeth. In this situation, we would install your permanent replacement teeth a few months later. In other cases, the implants will be left to heal for several months before any teeth are attached, to ensure that the implants properly go through the process of fusing to your jawbone, known as osseointegration.
No matter what, you will need to go easy on your newly placed implants during the crucial healing phase. We will recommend that you eat a softer diet and avoid hard, chewy foods until the process of osseointegration is complete, which takes about three months. The good news is that once your implants have fused to your jawbone and your new permanent teeth are attached, you will be able to eat anything you want. You are likely to forget you even have dental implants!