Implant Supported Dentures Downey CA
Discover the benefits of implant-supported dentures at Downey Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Downey, CA. Occupying the middle ground between conventional dentures and full-arch dental implants we offer an affordable, stable solution for patients who have lost all of their teeth.
What is the Process for Having Implant-Supported Dentures Placed?
The first stage is to place the dental implants. The procedure can be carried out with a local anesthetic or conscious sedation. A small incision is made in the top of the gums at the point where the implant is to be positioned. The gum is opened to create a small flap that exposes the jawbone. A small hole is made in the jawbone and the implant inserted. The gum flap is stitched back into position completely covering the implant and the area left to heal. This is repeated for each implant being placed and it will be a period of at least three months before the implant and bone have fused sufficiently to allow your new implant-supported denture to be attached.
During the healing period, you will wear your existing denture. When you return to have your new denture attached, the dentist simply opens up the gums to expose the implants and using special connectors, your new denture is affixed securely.
What Are The Benefits Of Implant-Supported Dentures?
One of the biggest benefits of implant-supported dentures is that they help you feel more confident, both in your appearance and with your overall oral health. For example, it can be difficult to eat or speak properly with traditional dentures without slipping out of place. This makes normal activities like talking or chewing tough foods challenging. Implant-supported dentures are much easier to keep in place, so you won't have to worry about embarrassing situations where people notice things aren't quite right with your smile.
Caring for Your Implant-Supported Denture
Once you have your implant-supported dentures, it's important to care for them properly to ensure their longevity. Be sure to brush and floss them daily just as you would your natural teeth, and use a gentle toothpaste or cleaning solution specifically designed for dentures. Also, be sure to visit our office for regular checkups and cleanings to ensure the implants and dentures are functioning correctly and remain free of bacteria and plaque build-up.
There is no age limit to have dental implants, but you must be in reasonably good health and have no long-term medical problems that could be detrimental to the treatment. Problems such as bruxism (teeth grinding) may damage your dental implants and cause them to fail. Your jawbone should be healthy, and if you suffer from extensive bone loss this may be an issue as the implants need to have a viable amount of bone available to attach to. Smoking is also detrimental to the success of dental implants as it inhibits blood flow and the availability of nutrients to aid healing and fight infection, which is a problem throughout the life of your implants but particularly after they have just been placed when healing is crucial.
Book an appointment with Downey Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery to find out more about implant-supported dentures. Call us at 562-459-3311.