When you’re missing multiple teeth, implant-supported dentures may be your best option to restore the look, feel and function of your smile. Leading dentist, Roger Gershfeld, DMD, can let you know if you’re a candidate for this superior denture option at his self-titled practice in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone today.
Conventional dentures have a gum-colored base that fits directly over your gumline to replace missing teeth. While conventional dentures are a valuable solution for many patients, they can slip when you talk and eat.
With implant-supported dentures, the row of false teeth snaps onto implants permanently affixed to your jaw bone. This makes the dentures fit securely. Furthermore, because the implants are placed in the jawbone, they help the jawbone keep its structural integrity.
Men and women who are missing multiple teeth, or an entire row of teeth, may benefit from implant-supported dentures. Often, implant-supported dentures are applied to the lower jaw, where conventional dentures tend to be less stable. But, they may be applied to the upper jaw as well.
To be eligible for implant-supported dentures, you need a healthy jawbone and disease-free gums.
First, a few posts are inserted into your jawbone where the dentures will go. Once the posts are in, you will wait for up to several months for your jawbone to heal and fuse to the posts.
During this time, your dentures will be manufactured in a lab. In the meantime, Dr. Gershfeld will provide you with temporary dentures. When your jawbone has healed, you will get your new implant-supported dentures and snap them into place.
The whole process may take several months or up to a year, but many men and women find the benefits, such as the ability to eat and speak better, worth the time.
Implant-supported dentures should be removed daily for cleaning. You must also keep your gums clean with proper oral hygiene, such as brushing them softly and using mouthwash. You should not sleep with implant-supported dentures at night.
To learn more about getting implant-supported dentures to replace your missing teeth, book an appointment online or over the phone with Roger Gershfeld, DMD today. His gay-friendly office looks forward to serving your dental needs.