Faith Cousins DDSGeneral Dentistry located in Silver Spring, MD
If traditional dentures irritate your gums or negatively impact your chewing and speaking ability, you may want to consider fixed implant dentures. The team at Faith Cousins, DDS, in Silver Spring, Maryland, proudly offers fixed implant dentures that are both aesthetically pleasing and durable. To learn more about this restorative dentistry option, call the office or click the online booking tool today.
Fixed Implant Dentures Q & A
What are fixed implant dentures?
Fixed implant dentures are dentures held in place by dental implants. Dental implants are a type of replacement tooth root that your dentist surgically affixes to your jawbone. Once placed, your jawbone grows around each implant, firmly attaching them to your jaw.
If you wear traditional dentures, then you know that they have a tendency to slip and slide around. Fixed implant dentures prevent this from happening, making chewing, speaking, and biting much easier.
How many implants will I need?
Every patient is different, but the team at Faith Cousins, DDS, usually places between 4-6 implants per denture. After placing your implants, your dentist sends you home to allow your bone and surrounding soft tissues to heal.
You return to the office several months later and your dentist places your new dentures on top of the implant posts. The implants provide support for your dentures, ensuring they stay firmly in place.
Am I a good candidate for fixed implant dentures?
If you have healthy gums and jawbone, you’re probably a good candidate for fixed implant dentures. However, you still need to undergo an in-office consultation. During your appointment, your dentist does an oral exam, reviews your medical history, and takes a series of X-rays to get a better look at your jawbone and gum tissue.
What if I already wear dentures?
If you already wear dentures, fixed implant dentures provide a cost-effective option that can address common problems like slurring, general irritation, and chewing issues. What’s more, the team at Faith Cousins, DDS, often retrofits existing dentures, saving you the time and hassle of starting from scratch.
How do I care for my fixed implant dentures?
You care for your fixed implant dentures just like you would your natural, permanent teeth. Brush twice every day, floss once a day, and visit the team at Faith Cousins, DDS, once every six months for a professional cleaning and exam. You should also avoid bad habits like chewing on ice cubes or biting your fingernails, as they may cause you to chip or crack your dentures.
To learn more about the benefits of fixed implant dentures, make an appointment at Faith Cousins, DDS. Call the office or click the online booking tool today.