Fixed Permanent Dentures - Why did I wait so long?
This was the realization Beverly came to after visiting Georgia Prosthodontics for permanent dentures in Atlanta. Although she realized she could have started her treatment earlier, she left, happier to have a life back to normal. Let us tell you the story of Beverly – someone who has not smiled as she did in over 30 years.
Permanent dentures gave her a lasting solution for her missing teeth
Bev believes she inherited her gum disease from her father. Over the years, she lost teeth until eventually ended up with partials and then dentures. As expected, she hated them because they didn’t fit right. Not only this, but she couldn’t eat with them, she had to cut her meat into very small bites like you would for a baby. According to Bev, “this is ridiculous. I can’t live like this.”
Beverly wanted to be able to eat. Not just to eat, but she wanted something more permanent. With this understanding, she concluded that she needed to do something fast before she got too old.
At Georgia Prosthodontist in Atlanta, GA, we will guide you through all your alternatives and help you determine which kind of treatment best suits you. Reach out to speak with a Smile Specialist today!!
Dental Implant treatment suggested for her missing teeth
Beverly currently has six dental implants on the top and four dental implants on the bottom. According to her, “it was worth every penny and I would do it again in a heartbeat.” For someone that has not been able to feel the roof of her mouth since she was 40, this treatment was the best she could get.
She loves her teeth, her kids love them, and everyone is happy she did it because, not only did this improved her mouth, but she feels healthier since she can eat real food.
What are permanent dentures?
Implant dentures are an alternative to removable dentures. Also called prosthetic teeth, fixed implant teeth or fixed dentures, the dentures are fixed by 4, 5 or 6 dental implants to the bone in the jaw. As a result, they feel like natural teeth. Apart from this, there is no risk of them falling out or shifting.
Implant-supported dentures are an advanced tooth replacement option for patients who are missing all of their teeth.
Implant-supported dentures are held in place by dental implants. As a result, the implant dentures are more stable. They also allow the patient to talk, smile, and chew more easily than with removable traditional dentures. There are different types of permanent implant dentures. They include complete dentures, partial dentures, overdentures, and more. Our prosthodontists will determine the type of permanent denture you need when you visit.
How do they put in permanent dentures?
The process of putting in implant-supported dentures starts with an examination. When you visit Georgia Prosthodontics, we will offer a comprehensive examination to determine the health of your mouth. During this process, our team of board-certified dentists will attempt to find any challenges that may occur so that we can correct problems that may cause issues later on.
After the oral examination, we will take different x-rays of the mouth to check the underlying bone structure and scan the jawbone to determine the precise locations for the dental implants. We will take an imprint of gums with pour plaster to produce a life-sized replica of your gums to create new dentures and discuss the shape and size of your new teeth.
On your second visit, we will check to ensure the teeth are rightly-sized and align to prevent discomfort during use. Once we are sure of the relationship between your mouth and teeth and adjust until they are perfect. We will affix the dentures to the implant after the healing periods, during which the dental implants would naturally fuse to the jawbone.
How the patient felt after the treatment was completed
According to Beverly, “It was worth every penny and I would do it again in a heartbeat.” Now that could feel the roof of her mouth again, she was happy she did it since she could eat real food and smile again. Stressing on why she waited so long to do this, she said “these teeth are better than the teeth I was born with. And yes, I am very happy.”
Are implant-supported dentures better?
Yes, implant-supported dentures are better than traditional dentures. This treatment is a great option for individuals that want to improve their ability to smile and chew. Not only does this type of denture look and function like natural, regular teeth, but they are more stable and comfortable than regular traditional dentures. Apart from this, implant-supported dentures are easier to maintain and are more aesthetic.
Implant supported dentures also have many benefits for your oral health. Because they are anchored in place by implants, they help to preserve the bone in your jaw. This is important because tooth loss can lead to bone loss, which can eventually cause your facial muscles to sag and your features to become sunken. Implant supported dentures can help you maintain a healthy appearance.
Implant-supported dentures provide a better quality of life. They will not move when you talk or eat, and this type of dental implant is the only type of tooth replacement that stimulates bone growth and preservation.
Are fixed implant dentures comfortable?
Yes, implant supported dentures are comfortable, stable, and strong. You can use them like natural teeth, and since they are held in place by dental implants, they are unlikely to slip or become loose. This means that they will not slip or move around in your mouth, and you can smile confidently knowing that your teeth are securely in place.
Georgia Prosthodontics treating complex cases that include Dental Implants, Cosmetic Dentistry, Full Mouth Reconstruction, and TMJ Treatment.
Are permanent implant dentures cheaper than dental implants?
Implant-supported dentures are cheaper than dental implants. Unlike dental implants, dentures don’t always require additional bone grafting procedures and associated surgery costs. However, the price varies based on factors like expertise, your specific condition and requirements. Get in touch with us at (770) 381-9333 to request an appointment today.
How long can you wear permanent dentures?
Permanent dental implants can last 5 to 10 years, depending on how well you take care of them. Although the dental implants supporting the dentures can last a lifetime, wear and tear and changes to the mouth will affect the fit of your denture. Therefore, you should not forget to visit your dentist for checkups.
What are the most natural-looking dentures?
Dental practices use porcelain or zirconia dentures for teeth restoration. They are both made with safe, biocompatible materials and are durable and resistant to stains and damage. However, most experts consider zirconia dentures superior to porcelain dentures. This explains why we use zirconia dentures.
Zirconia is the most advanced and newest material used in dentistry. It is more durable and stronger and can withstand everyday wear and tear. Apart from this, zirconia is more translucent. In other words, it reflects light like natural teeth. It is also more resistant to staining; hence, it is the most natural-looking denture.
What can you eat with implant dentures?
You can eat any food you want with a fixed denture supported and retained by implants. Since they are anchored to dental implants, they won’t come off.
How this case is done for a Prosthodontist
Carlos Castro DDS, FACP
Board Certified Prosthodontist in Atlanta
Nicholas Miller, DMD, MS, FACP
Board Certified Prosthodontist in Atlanta
Why trust smile to a board-certified prosthodontist for a Permanent Dentures?
A prosthodontist is a dentist that specializes in implant, cosmetic, and reconstructive dentistry. To work as a prosthodontist, a dentist must pursue three additional years of full-time clinical training in a school. The board certification is even more rigorous and involves various examinations. Our smile specialist, Dr. Castro is the only Board Certified Prosthodontist in Georgia, with over 20 years of experience. We also work with Nicholas Miller, a Board-certified Prosthodontist in Atlanta.
Implant-supported dentures provide a better quality of life
If you are missing all of your teeth, consider implant-supported dentures as a way to restore your smile.
Request an appointment or visit Georgia Prosthodontics for life-changing dentures supported by dental implants. Regardless of age or how you lost your teeth, our advanced procedure will allow you to chew, smile, and speak with confidence. What’s more, we can perform this procedure whether you are missing one tooth or all your teeth. Call us at (770) 381-9333 to request your dental appointment.