Considering Dentures: What are the first steps?

 

shutterstock_12499414-Custom-300x200If you have lost your remaining teeth or had them extracted, you may be wondering what to do next in order to restore a complete smile. You have a number of options for dentures, and it’s important to have all of the accurate information you need to make the right treatment decision for your case. Therefore, it may be helpful to schedule a consultation to learn more about All on 4, a way to restore a complete smile using dental implants.

At this initial consultation, the oral surgeon will evaluate your case to determine whether you are a good candidate for All on 4. Dental implant placement does require an adequate amount of bone to support the osseointegration process in which the jaw bonds with the dental implant. However, with All on 4, the dental implants are placed toward the front of the jaw, where the bone is thicker and erodes more slowly after tooth loss. This makes All on 4 accessible to a wider variety of patients than earlier techniques for implant-supported dentures.

Your surgeon will also educate you on the treatment process and the benefits of implant-supported dentures. If you are trying to decide between conventional dentures and All on 4 dental implants, there are a number of significant differences between the two options. For example, an implant supported denture replaces the entire structure of some of the absent teeth, including the root. That root performs important functions, such as stabilizing the jawbone and facilitating chewing. With conventional dentures, when none of the absent roots are replaced, the patient may experience jawbone erosion and have difficulty chewing some foods.

Of course, dental implant placement does involve a surgical procedure, and we will educate you on all of the risks associated with that process, in addition to giving you an idea of what to expect from a recovery period.

We encourage any patients who are considering their options for dentures to schedule an evaluation with our team at Austin Oral Surgery to learn more about implant-supported dentures.