Sometimes multiple teeth can be lost due to advanced periodontal disease. In the past people had to resort to having or dentures to replace the loss of all their lower teeth. Of course one common complaint with dentures is how easily they can slip, come loose or seem to fit poorly overtime as bone loss continues.
Removable implant-supported tooth replacements, sometimes referred to as denture implants, essentially create four to six anchors in your jaw which allow you to lock or clip a new set of dentures into place.
It is important to keep in mind that there are multiples steps in the process, which can easily take more than a year from start to finish.
Advanced periodontal disease often comes with a significant amount of bone loss in the jaw, so chances are good you will require a bone graft to insure there is enough healthy bone to anchor the titanium abutments.
During this part of the process you will probably have x-rays or a CT scan performed to better assess how much bone is left and just what kind of placement procedures you might need.
The bone graft procedure is usually done on an outpatient basis. After which it may take six to nine months for the grafts to completely fuse with the jaw bone.
Once this is done the oral surgeon or periodontist will create four to six channels in the bone material where they will insert titanium abutments. It can take several months for the abutments to completely fuse to the bone.
Your periodontist will then craft a new set of durable dentures that are custom designed to clip into the abutments for a secure fit.
If you have any questions about removable implant-supported tooth replacements please feel free to call 941-256-2488 to schedule an appointment.