Why should a Knoxville, TN patient with dentures consider overdentures?
Full dentures can be troublesome for some patients. No matter how many times they are readjusted and examined for proper fit, some individuals don’t find them comfortable and may have difficulty keeping them in place, even with dental adhesives. When dentures do not fit properly, they can shift and irritate the gum tissue, causing sores and overall discomfort. They may also fall out of place at the worst possible times. When patients have quality dentures and are still unable to enjoy the benefits of a fully functioning smile, Dr. Foncea of Knoxville, TN may suggest overdentures.
Overdentures are full cosmetic dentures that are made to snap into place over dental implants. Dental implants are surgically placed into the jawbone. These titanium posts are used to hold dentures in place while deriving their strength from the bone underneath. This is the best alternative to dental adhesives, and can provide better functionality and efficiency to one’s smile.
Overdentures do require some time for placement. Patients must schedule their initial consultation with Dr. Foncea of Sequoyah Dental Arts for an examination and x-rays. The X-rays allow the dentist to see if a patient has enough bone structure for the successful placement of dental implants. If not, bone grafting may be done, or mini-dental implants can be used instead of traditional implants.
Once a patient has been determined a proper candidate, they schedule their placement appointment. During this appointment, Dr. Foncea will surgically place the implants. Patients may consider sedation methods during this visit if desired.
After the implants are placed, temporary overdentures are placed until the implants have stimulated bone growth and osseointegration has occurred. This is when the bone of the jaw wraps around the implant to hold it in place. During this time, patients may discuss the characteristics they would like to emphasize in their new dentures. This is the best time for patients to perfect their smile with the use of full cosmetic dentures to allow them to seek a new look! Once healing occurs, the patient can enjoy their new, fully functioning smile and say goodbye to shifting, uncomfortable dentures!
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