Posted on 2/14/2013 by Dr. Franco
| The need for dentures can conjure up many images including teeth slipping while speaking, extra care needed like special tooth paste or denture soaks, and the loss of freedom to eat what you want. Those concerns are always in the forefront of the denture wearer’s mind.
This does not have to be the case, however, thanks to dental implants that can be completed in one day from start to final restoration. Your implant dentist has a unique plan that allows dental implants to be placed to support a partial denture, or if needed, an entire arch.
The dental implant is made from a metal that has proven to be strong, and has the ability to not only fuse to bone, but regenerate bone tissue. As the implants heal, they support your dentures like a root does for a tooth. This statement cannot be made about a traditional denture that merely sits on top of gum tissue.
With a traditional denture, the bone where tooth loss has occurred begins to deteriorate. This allows gum tissue to shrink, which may impact the fit of your denture and appearance.
But with an implant supported denture, your new teeth are permanently held in place with a titanium support bar built right in to the prosthetic that is fitted to the titanium implants.
The process that allows this magnificent transformation in just one day is called Teeth In A Day, which is a patented technique using the Bite Lock concept. After the implants are surgically placed in the gum tissue, the custom made denture is affixed the same day with no wait time. The implants work together to provide immediate chewing support with minimal discomfort and instant smiles!
Bite Lock 2 provides the same features for partial dentures, but only requires the placement of two implants to securely hold the partial in place.
With implant supported permanent dentures, there are many advantages including the ability to eat all the foods you love without worrying whether you will experience slippage or damage the framework that holds a traditional denture in place. You can speak without fear that the world will know you are wearing a denture.
And finally, the brilliant smile you thought you would never feel confident about again can be yours in one defining dental appointment!
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