Replace an Arch of Missing Teeth with Implant-Supported Dentures
Patients missing most or all of their teeth can benefit from implant-supported dentures. The implant-supported dentures technique is a procedure using dental implants to secure a full arch of teeth. Metairie implant dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Gregson has extensive training in placing implants, as well as bone grafting and soft-tissue grafts. He can perform extremely precise procedures to place your implants in the strongest areas of your jaw.
Dr. Green and Dr. Gregson focus on patient comfort while at their Metairie office. Green Gregson Family Dentistry has been serving Metairie, LA, and surrounding communities for many years. Our team is dedicated to providing advanced dental care with compassion and friendliness.
The Implant-Supported Dentures Concept
Dental implants are the highest recommended tooth replacement option in dentistry today. Patients who are missing several teeth or all of their teeth may be apprehensive about cost or the procedure itself. However, the implant-supported dentures method replaces an entire arch of missing teeth using as few as four implants. Not only is this treatment option conservative and cost-effective, but it can also be completed in one dental visit.
The implant-supported dentures treatment is completed by placing a minimum of four implants in the mandibular arch, or lower jaw. Whereas, your dentist will place a minimum of six implants in your maxillary arch, or upper jaw.
A minimum of two implants is placed vertically in the front of the jawbone. Coupled with, a minimum of two or four more implants at a specific angle toward the back of the jawbone. Placing the posts in a strategic manner maximizes your existing bone.
Oftentimes, even patients with bone loss can still qualify for implants using this technique. Best of all, the dental implants used are durable and long-lasting, making them an excellent option for eligible patients. Additionally, Dr. Gregson can perform a bone graft to support the restoration, if needed.
Benefits of Implant-Supported Dentures
Thousands of patients enjoy the advantages of dental implants because of the implant-supported dentures technique. Those who have been missing teeth for prolonged periods of time can experience jawbone recession. With the strategic placement of implants, some patients may not need bone grafts or sinus lifts to restore bone tissue.
Implant-supported dentures can make the most of your current bone density, as well as lower the overall cost of treatment. Dental implants are priced individually, and using fewer posts can decrease costs. Additionally, an implant-supported restoration is a conservative technique. The more implants used may dictate longer recovery times.
Candidate for Implant-Supported Dentures
Adults who have suffered extensive tooth loss from oral health concerns, trauma, or other factors can benefit from implant-supported restorations. If you only need to replace a few teeth, an implant-supported bridge may be the best option. Your options will be discussed in detail during your consultation.
Quite possibly, some patients have suffered too much bone loss to be a good candidate without additional treatments. In many cases, bone grafting or sinus lifts can be performed to prepare the sites for implants. These procedures can add to your total treatment timeline.
Before your implant placement process begins, we will do our best to inform you about every aspect of the procedure. Implants and implant-supported restorations require sufficient healing time.
During a process called osseointegration, your jawbone will fuse to the implants, providing optimal stability. This process can take several months. After all, some patients will receive their implant-supported restoration on the same day as their implant placement. Your doctor may recommend a soft-food diet for a period of time to ensure a successful recovery.
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