Implant-Supported Dentures in Pittsburgh
Living with missing teeth can be incredibly embarrassing, especially considering that it can affect your ability to eat certain foods or pronounce words properly. To improve your look and to protect your ability to live your normal life, you might be considering replacing your missing teeth with dental implants, dentures, or dental bridges.
Unfortunately, if you are like most people shopping for a tooth replacement option, you might be nervous about the price of a full set of dental implants, and the instability of dentures may not appeal. However, there is an excellent middle ground available: implant supported dentures.
Implant-supported dentures are the most secure and stable type of denture available. Contact us today for a consultation!Request an Appointment
Implant supported dentures are the perfect fusion between modern dental implants and full dentures. Unlike receiving a full set of dental implants, implant supported dentures are held in place by only a few implants, which speeds installation and recovery time while reducing the cost. After the implants have been installed and have healed, they are used to fasten a denture.
Since the implants eventually fuse with your natural bone tissue, the denture stays firmly in place, and patients can enjoy eating and drinking without restrictions. Also, since the jaw bone tissue relies heavily on stimulation from the teeth to stay healthy and strong, the jawbone usually deteriorates after tooth loss, increasing dental problems and removing the support your face needs to look youthful and firm. Implants help to prevent bone loss in the area, which better preserves your facial shape and can make it easier to place dental implants in the future if you decide to upgrade.
The Placement Process
Before implants or dentures can be placed in your mouth, Dr. Rebecca L. Pounds, an experienced provider of dental implants in Pittsburgh, will carefully evaluate your oral health and your commitment to oral hygiene to assess your chances of success with dental implants. Existing dental issues will be resolved, and Dr. Pounds will talk with you about your dental goals. Dr. Pounds will also work with you to create a treatment plan to address your goals and concerns, and establish a timeline for treatment. If implant supported dentures are right for you, an appointment will be set up to start the implant installation process.
The dental implants themselves are small titanium posts which are inserted into the jaw where they fuse with your natural bone. After the posts are attached to the bone tissue, your gums and jaw tissue will need to heal for 2-6 months. This process is crucial, since the posts are what anchors the implant in place. During this healing process, some patients use a temporary denture.
After the gums have healed, Dr. Pounds will take careful impressions to give the dental lab as a reference. The lab technicians will design your denture based on your preferences, your bite, and Dr. Pound’s specifications. When the denture comes back in from the lab, you will be asked to come in to have it installed. Depending on the type of denture ordered, the false teeth might either be snapped onto the implant posts directly, or a bar may be fastened to the implants and the denture clipped to that bar. Both ways allow the user to remove the denture when they need to. Once this process is finished, you'll have a sturdy, stable denture that will allow you to eat and speak just as you did before losing your teeth.
If you think that implant supported dentures sound like something that would work well for you, contact Dr. Rebecca L. Pounds’s office today to schedule a consultation. Our office is currently accepting new patients, and we look forward to meeting you and fulfilling your dental care needs.