Implant Supported Dentures
Most patients see dental implants as a procedure that is perfect for replacing one or two teeth. They might not know, however, that dental implant surgery is a great solution for replacing an entire row of teeth. In this instance, most people are still reverting to outdated methods such as dentures. But there is actually an efficient way to obtain a mouth full of secure teeth through the dental implant process. This technique is called “implant supported dentures,” which gives patients new reasons to smile.
A team of 4 is stronger than 15 individuals
I know what you’re probably thinking. “Wouldn’t it be a long, grueling process to take in 15 or so dental implants in the same surgery?” That is hard to argue with. A mouth with 20 dental implants drilled into it seems like too many metal rods for one person to own. They probably wouldn’t be allowed on airplanes. This is why oral surgeons now have a procedure where they use 4 titanium implants to connect an entire row of teeth. Picture it as 4 pillars with metal bridges connecting them. On the metal bridges, a fully customized row of teeth will be placed.
Too Real to be Called Artificial
The word “artificial” is misleading when describing the new set of teeth. These teeth are now permanent, and will be treated the same as natural teeth. They need to be well maintained as regular teeth do, and cannot be taken out. It is nearly impossible to distinguish implant-supported dentures from natural teeth. Even oral surgeons would have trouble picking apart the differences. Most patients are concerned with not being able to enjoy food like they used to. These new rows of teeth know when they encounter hot and cold food, and can still bite through the roughest of surfaces. Ultimately, “new and improved” is an acceptable replacement for “artificial” when describing implant supported dentures.
The Time is Now
The oral surgeons who are trained at this process are able to have the patient’s teeth completed in roughly 2.5 hours. This surgery leads to lifelong fulfillment of having a lively smile, so this may be the most productive 2.5 hours ever spent.