Are you experiencing dental pain? Do you have difficulty eating? Have you lost many of your teeth? Some patients experiencing these issues opt for traditional dentures. But what if you could get dental implants that are permanent and don't have to be removed? These are called implant-supported fixed complete dentures (some call them permanent dentures). And you can get them in a day, with the help of a dental specialist, called a prosthodontist.

WHAT IS IMPLANT-SUPPORTED FIXED COMPLETE PROSTHESIS?

The implant-supported fixed complete prosthesis process involves the placement of four or more dental implants to your jawbone. These implants are placed in the upper or lower jawbone to replace the roots of some of your missing teeth. They are made of titanium, which has the ability to fuse to living bone. This fusion is what gives the prosthetic teeth a foundation for a natural and lifelike appearance and allows for a higher level of functioning (i.e. eating).

ADVANTAGES

When you lose your teeth, bone density loss within your jaw occurs. This is because the jawbone is no longer useful when there are no teeth present. Why? Because the main purpose of the jawbone is to support teeth. Also, the roots of teeth provide stimulation to the jawbone. When teeth are missing, this stimulation stops.

Once the jawbone deteriorates and shrinks, it begins to affect your appearance. Jawbone loss can give your face a sunken look, making you appear older. An implant-supported fixed prosthesis can maintain the bones in your jaw and provide you with the facial support that was once lost.

By replacing both your teeth and gum tissue, an implant fixed prosthesis looks and acts like your natural teeth. The implants are placed under the gum line, making them invisible in the mouth. With the implants in, you can bite and chew comfortably and your opposing natural teeth won't move and shift. 

Below are more advantages of implant fixed complete prosthesis:

  • Can't be removed, except by your prosthodontist
  • Doesn't slip when chewing or talking
  • Can replace failing teeth in one day
  • Can last a lifetime
  • Stimulates the jawbone, preventing future bone loss
  • Involves a minimally-invasive procedure
  • Has the highest success rate of any implantable surgical device
  • Decreases irritation of the gums
  • Improves speech and restores self-confidence

IMPROVING YOUR OVERALL HEALTH

The condition of your teeth greatly affects your ability to chew and digest food. If you don't have good dental health, your body's absorption of nutrients will suffer, which can result in malnutrition and poor health. Many patients with failing teeth get traditional dentures to solve this problem. However, dentures are not the best long-term option. Since traditional dentures are supported by the gums, they can wear down the soft tissues of the mouth. Also, removing dentures can come with some embarrassment. Whereas, fixed complete prosthesis don't have to be removed. With implant supported fixed complete prosthesis, you don't have to worry about using messy denture adhesives (and their accompanying cost), as the implants are placed in the jaw.

SUCCESS RATE

In healthy patients with good oral hygiene, dental implants have success rates above 90-95 percent. Even though dental implants can't decay like real teeth, it's very important to practice good oral hygiene to prevent gum problems and peri-implantitis, an inflammatory disease affecting the soft and hard tissues surrounding an implant.

With good care, your dental implants can last a lifetime. It is highly recommended to see a dental hygienist every 3 to 4 months for regular dental implant maintenance.

Here at Stuart Prosthetic Dentistry, we specialize in providing this treatment. As a Prosthodontist, Dr. Tyler has advanced education with over 20 years of experience. In addition, our hygienist is highly trained and experienced at maintaining these special types of prosthesis. To get the smile you deserve, make an appointment with us today.