Fixed dentures, also known as implant-supported dentures or fixed implant dentures, are a type of dental restoration that combines dentures with dental implants for a secure and stable solution to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are small titanium posts surgically placed into the jawbone to serve as artificial tooth roots. These implants are fused with the jawbone through osseointegration, creating a strong and stable foundation for the dentures. Unlike traditional removable dentures, fixed dentures are securely anchored in the mouth using dental implants, providing improved comfort, functionality, and aesthetics. Visit Hall Dental to learn more about the benefits of fixed dentures.
The Procedure for Fixed Dentures
The first step involves the surgical placement of dental implants into your jawbone. This procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia, and sedation may also be used for added comfort. The dentist will make small incisions in the gum tissue to expose the underlying jawbone and then carefully insert the dental implants into the predetermined positions. The number of implants required will depend on factors such as the health of your jawbone and the stability needed for the dentures.
After the dental implants are placed, a process called osseointegration takes place. Once osseointegration is complete, a small connector called an abutment is attached to each dental implant. The abutments serve as a link between the implants and the dentures protruding slightly above the gum line, providing access for the placement of the fixed dentures.
Impressions of your mouth will then be taken to create custom-made fixed dentures. These impressions ensure that the dentures fit precisely and comfortably in your mouth. From these impressions, the dentures are designed to match your natural teeth's color, shape, and size, providing a natural-looking smile. Once the fixed dentures are ready, they will be attached to the abutments on the dental implants. The dentist carefully positions and secures the dentures, ensuring proper fit and function.
The Benefits of Fixed Dentures
Sturdiness and Stability
Fixed dentures offer superior stability compared to traditional removable dentures. The implants provide a solid foundation, preventing the dentures from slipping, shifting, or coming loose during speaking, eating, or other activities. This stability allows for improved chewing efficiency and restores confidence in everyday activities.
Fixed dentures are designed to fit securely and comfortably in the mouth. Since dental implants support them, there is no need for adhesives or clasps to hold them in place. This eliminates the discomfort or soreness often associated with traditional dentures.
Natural Look and Feel
Fixed dentures are custom-made to match the shape, color, and size of your natural teeth, resulting in a natural and aesthetic appearance. They are carefully crafted to complement your facial features and smile. The stability provided by the dental implants also gives the dentures a more lifelike feel, allowing you to bite and chew with greater confidence and comfort.
Fixed dentures are an excellent option for individuals who have lost multiple teeth and are seeking a stable, long-lasting, and aesthetically pleasing tooth replacement solution. To determine if fixed dentures suit you, visit Hall Dental at 1180 Resurgence Dr Ste 300, Watkinsville, GA 30677 or call (706) 549-8737.