A dental implant denture connects securely to dental implants that have been surgically placed into the jawbone. The dental implants are titanium and the jaw bone will grow up to and fuse with the titanium posts. This essentially locks the implant into place allowing Dr. Nugent to utilize the implants as anchor points.
The dental implant denture initially appears like as old fashioned denture. However, the part of the denture covering the dental implants is adapted to hold semi-rigid attachments that “snap” onto the dental implants. Basically, the implant is the male connection and the denture has a female connection. The female portion of the implant denture can be easily changed out to provide different levels of retention. The connection is stable and secure. Patients no longer worry about having to use messy Fixodent. Their dentures stay in place during speech, eating, laughing, and sneezing. The self-confidence a secure implant denture gives is amazing. No more worrying about your denture falling out causing massive embarrassment.
There are two phases to this process. The first is a implant phase and the second is a denture conversion phase.
Dental implants are placed into the jawbone. Dental implants are titanium cylinders that will serve as the base and support for the new implant dentures. The bone will grow around and fuse to the dental implants. Now the dental implant is ready to anchor the implant denture. A minimum of two dental implants may be placed for an adequate outcome. However, Dr. Nugent may also plan to place three or four dental implants as these implants will only further strengthen and enhance the dental implant. The more dental implants that are used will grant additional support and retention for the dental implant denture.
Once the implants are ready to go, Dr. Nugent will convert your current denture into an implant denture. He will place the locator abutments (male ends) and take a reline impression. This impression will A) get the metal housing with nylon attachments (female ends) into the implant denture B) readapt all of the denture that rests on the gum tissue. Dr. Nugent can adjust the levels of retention in the dentures by simply swapping out different nylon attachments.
Dental Implant Dentures Maintenance
Good oral hygiene is important to help prevent the development of gum disease around the dental implant. Brushing the gold abutments that come out of the gum tissue must be done twice a day. Also, the dentures must be brushed and cleaned daily. At night the dentures can soak in denture cleaning solution to break up the plaque and calculus that will form on the implant dentures.
It is still vital to come in for yearly cleanings. During this time your abutments will be professionally cleaned and your dentures will be cleaned in an ultrasonic machine. Plus, Dr. Nugent will inspect your implants and dentures. He may swap out the nylon attachments if they show signs of wear.
Get the best in dental implant care for you and your family. Dr. Nugent is an award winning dentist that is helping Pasadena and Deer Park Texas eat again with Dentures.