At first, dental implants were seen as an effective way to replace a single lost tooth. Over time, implant techniques and technology have advanced so they can be used to secure your dentures in place. The hard connection they create exceeds the capacity of a denture adhesive.
Depending on the particular details of your mouth, you will need between four to six denture anchors installed directly into your jawbone.
First, your dentist, Dr. Brian Scaff, will want to examine your mouth and take a few X-rays. Many people with dentures have suffered the loss of bone structure in their jaw as a result of chronic gum disease or multiple tooth extractions. If this is the case for you, Dr. Brian Scaff might recommend receiving a bone graft to restore enough structure to securely anchor the implants.
The dental implant anchors can be installed in a single outpatient appointment. You will need to be fully sedated, so you’ll need to arrange to have someone drive you home after the appointment.
During the procedure, four to six small incisions will be made in your gums to gain direct access to the underlying bone. A narrow channel will be made in the bone for each anchor. Then, titanium abutments will be screwed into place. Titanium is known to be biologically safe and will eventually fuse to the bone without complications.
Once the denture implants have completely fused to the bone, Dr. Brian Scaff can start the process of fitting you for your special dentures.
If you are interested in learning more about how dental implants can be used to help secure your dentures in Austin, Texas, you should call our office at 512-792-2688 to schedule an appointment.