When dental implants first came into regular use their primary function was to replace a single lost tooth. Over the course of the last twenty years, dental implant technology has grown so that now implants can be used to create multiple anchor points for your dentures.
At the initial appointment your periodontist or oral surgeon will take a few X-rays or perform a CT scan. This gives them a clear understanding of how much bone structure is available in your jaw. If for some reason you do not sufficient bone structure to mount the implants they might recommend a bone graft procedure. Once it has been established that your jaw structure is sound they can proceed to mount anywhere from four to six implant anchors.
The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis. Most people choose to be deeply sedated for their own comfort. This means you will need to arrange to have someone drive you and stay with you at home while you get back on your feet.
The implant procedure involves the oral surgeon making a series of narrow channels in your jawbone. They will then screw titanium abutments into the channels and cover the anchor points with temporary caps.
After your gums are healed and the titanium abutments are fused to the bone, your dentist can fit you for a new set of custom dentures, and locking hardware. This system of anchor points will give you a tight secure fit while offering you the same function that your natural teeth once did.
If you have any questions about denture implants, please feel free to call 919-680-3531 to schedule an appointment.