Implant-Supported Dentures for Maspeth Residents
Edentulous (without teeth) patients often struggle to complete daily activities like chewing, speaking clearly, and smiling. Patients who choose traditional dentures may be able to smile with confidence again, but some often still struggle with speaking clearly and typically only regain about 30% of their chewing ability, significantly limiting their diet. Thankfully, denture wearers have another option – implant-retained partial and full dentures.
Who Should Choose Implant Supported Dentures?
Implant-supported dentures are an excellent option for any patient who wants a more stable tooth replacement solution. However, there are some situations when implants are not the best treatment option. Those patients who are lacking bone density or who struggle with illnesses that compromise their immune systems may need to take additional measures to prepare for the dental implant processes, including bone or gum tissue grafts, treatment for chronic or systemic diseases, and other care in conjunction with one or more medical doctors. There’s only one way to know for sure whether you’re a candidate for implant-retained dentures, and that’s to schedule an implant consultation with the Maspeth Dental team.
What is the Implant Denture Process?
During a preparatory visit, we use diagnostic X-rays to create a dental implant placement plan. We will then remove any remaining teeth and complete other preparations as necessary. Patients then return later on for their actual placement. This minor surgical procedure is safe and offers predictable results. The first step in the process is to make a small incision in the gums. Then, using the diagnostic plan, we place the implants in the ideal location and position to support the denture. For a period of several months, patients will wait for their gums to heal and for the supportive alveolar bone to fuse with the titanium implants. This process is known as osseointegration; once it’s complete, patients return to our Maspeth dental practice where we connect their denture. We offer both removable and permanent restoration options to meet patients’ needs.
Can I Keep My Existing Denture?
In some cases, we can refit patients’ existing dentures to be placed over dental implants. For many patients, this is beneficial because they are used to the look and feel of these restorations and because utilizing their pre-existing denture saves time and money throughout the course of the dental implant process.
Whatever tooth replacement choice you make, our team at Maspeth Dental can help. Contact our practice to schedule your dental implant consultation today. We proudly serve patients in Maspeth, Brooklyn, and beyond.