Fixed dentures with implant supports can provide a lifetime of false teeth, complete with prosthetic gum tissue, to securely fit within the patient’s mouth. Fixed denture implants can help prevent further deterioration of the jawbone and gums and improve facial structure overtime.
Fixed Dentures Q&A
What are the benefits of fixed dentures?
Fixed dentures are the next best thing to your natural teeth. They fit securely in place by attaching to implants, so you can feel more confident. Fixed dentures are beneficial because they:
- Prevent bone loss
- Improve issues with speech
- Enhance your ability to chew and swallow
- Won’t slip, which means less gum irritation
And of course, one of the biggest benefits of fixed dentures is an entirely beautiful new smile that’s long-lasting.
What is the process of getting fixed dentures?
New Teeth Chicago Dental provides personalized denture services that are tailored to your unique needs. The entire process of getting fixed dentures just depends on your oral health and any bone loss issues you may have.
Dr. Atcha evaluates your teeth and gums to determine if you need any tissue grafting to support implants. If grafting is needed, this is usually the first step in getting fixed dentures. It can take several months to recover from a grafting procedure before Dr. Atcha can place implants.
But if you have enough bone tissue, Dr. Atcha may get you started with an implant procedure right away. He places anywhere from 4-8 implants into your jawbone, which serve as anchors for your new dentures once surrounding tissues heal.
After all of your surgical procedures are complete and you’re fully healed—which takes at least 3-4 months—you can start wearing your fixed dentures. Dr. Atcha spends time teaching you how to care for your new dentures and how they work.
With bar-retained dentures, for instance, Dr. Atcha simply attaches the dentures to your implants with clip-like attachments. Alternatively, Dr. Atcha could recommend ball-retained dentures, which involves snapping your dentures into place with stud attachment implants.
How long do fixed dentures last?
Fixed dentures are designed to last for years, but you should continue coming in to New Teeth Chicago Dental for exams twice a year. Dr. Atcha can evaluate your fixed dentures during these visits and ensure they’re still fitting you properly.
Typically, every few years, you need to have your dentures adjusted because your gums may change shape or your false teeth may become loose. But New Teeth Chicago Dental can provide all of the essential denture care services you need under one roof.