Ronald C. Kobernick, DDS, MScD, PA
Periodontics
10601 Seminole Blvd, Largo, FL & 111 2nd Avenue NE, St. Petersburg, FL
727-397-8503

Dental Implants: Replacing All of Your Teeth

If you are missing all of your teeth, an implant-supported full denture can replace them. Dental implants will replace both your lost natural teeth and some of the roots.

Dental implants provide several advantages over other teeth replacement options. In addition to looking and functioning like natural teeth, implant supported full bridges or dentures are designed to be long lasting. Implant-supported full bridges and dentures also are more comfortable and stable than conventional dentures, allowing you to retain a more natural biting and chewing capacity. Because implant-supported full bridges and dentures will replace some of your tooth roots, the bone is better preserved. With conventional dentures, the bone that previously surrounded the tooth roots begins to resorb (deteriorate). Dental implants integrate with your jawbone, helping to keep the bone healthy and intact.

In the long term, implants can be more aesthetic, more comfortable, and easier to maintain than conventional dentures. The loss of bone that accompanies conventional dentures leads to recession of the jawbone and a collapsed, unattractive smile. With conventional (non implant supported) dentures it is difficult to eat certain foods.

Procedure

During the diagnostic phase, impressions of your teeth are taken, with the resulting models mounted on an articulator, a device that simulates your occlusion (bite), to make certain an implant is the best option to replace the missing tooth. A CT scan is taken to study the site of the proposed implant. The area is evaluated to make certain there is adequate width and length of bone in the area for the implant, and that there are no nerves or other anatomic structures that might be involved with implant placement. A consultation to discuss Dr. Kobernick's findings, clarify the implant procedure, and answer any questions you might have will follow. A surgical guide is created to make certain the implant is placed precisely, in the most optimal position. Thereafter, topical (gel) anesthetic is applied, and local anesthetic is gently placed into the area. The implants, which are made of surgical grade titanium and look like a screw, are placed into the jaw bone in the site of the missing teeth. Over the next three to six months of healing, the implants and the bone are allowed to integrate (bond together) to form an anchor for your artificial teeth. During this time, a temporary denture can be worn over the implant site.

A second step of the procedure is necessary to uncover the implants and attach extensions.  These small metal posts (abutments) along with various connecting devices that allow multiple crowns to attach to the implants, complete the foundation on which your new teeth will be placed.  Your gums will be allowed to heal for several weeks following this procedure.

Depending upon the number of implants placed, the connecting device that will hold your new teeth can be secured onto the implants, or it may be clipped to a bar or a round ball anchor to which a denture snaps on and off.

Finally, full bridges or full dentures will be created for you by your dentist and attached to your implants or the connecting device. After a short time, you will experience restored confidence in your smile and your ability to chew and speak

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