Besides traditional dentures that are held in place by suctioning to your gums and upper palate, advances in implant dentistry have developed improved solutions for oral prosthetics. Implants can be used singularly to replace a tooth but they can also be used as anchor points for a denture. The type of abutment, or connector, used between the implants and denture determines if the prosthetic is “implant-retained” or “implant-supported”.
Implant-retained dentures engage, or clip, onto two or more implants but the prosthetic is still removable by the patient to be cleaned. Not only do the implants add stability and retention to a dental prosthetic but they help preserve existing jaw bone mass like natural teeth would. Implant-supported dentures use a different type of attachment that can only be removed by a dentist. Because these dentures cannot be taken out for regular cleaning at home, they are designed to be self-cleansing.
Mailloux Dentistry is a full service practice equipped to manufacture all types of prosthodontic* solutions including implant prosthetics. Dr. Mailloux has built strong working relationships with local oral surgeons to effectively sequence the necessary collaborative appointments for a patient seeking an implant denture. Treatment planning begins with collecting a series of dental records including X-rays, impressions, a CT scan and photographs, to evaluate bone density, plan ideal implant placement and design the denture. This important data is also used to map out the location of sinuses and nerves.
The time frame to complete an implant prosthetic is unique to each patient and depends on many factors including tooth removal, time for healing and possible bone grafting. Newer implant technology, such as the All-on-4™ system, is making it possible for some patients to get new teeth in a day. But most commonly the process is lengthy, sometimes lasting more than a year, because the implant needs to heal within the jaw and establish bone connectivity after surgery. The process includes the use of a temporary prosthetic until the final version can be delivered.
All implant prosthetic solutions offer assurance to patients that they can speak naturally and have confidence that their artificial teeth won’t come loose. Also, implant prosthetics do not cover the roof of your mouth, so patients are given the freedom to eat what they want and thoroughly experience the taste of their food without the unsavory flavors of denture adhesives. New denture patients and those wanting to replace a currently ineffective denture are both good candidates for implant prosthetics. The treatment is an investment in your quality of life.
If you are interested in exploring your options to have an implant prosthetic made, please contact our office today at (616) 392-3717 to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Mailloux.
*Dr. Mailloux is licensed as a general dentist; not licensed as a specialist.