Dental implant technology has continued to advance over the course of the last two decades. Today it can be effectively used to create anchor points to lock your removable dentures into place to give you the confidence to use them as if they were your own natural teeth.
Most people need between four to six denture anchors installed in order to help the denture hardware anchor them in place.
The first step in the process of receiving denture implant anchors involves Dr. Tyler Carlson examining your mouth and taking a few X-rays. Many people with dentures have suffered a loss of bone structure in their jaw as a result of periodontal disease or multiple tooth extractions. If this is the case Dr. Tyler Carlson might recommend that you receive a bone graft to restore enough structure to securely anchor the implant anchors.
The dental implants can be inserted during outpatient procedure that requires sedation. You will need to have someone drive you and help you at home, until you’re back on your feet.
During the procedure four to six small incisions are made in your gums to gain direct access to the underlying bone. A narrow channel is made in the bone for each anchor. Then a titanium abutments are screwed into place. Titanium is known to be biologically safe and will eventually fuse to the bone structure naturally.
Once the denture implants have completely fused to the bone, Dr. Tyler Carlson can start the process of fitting you for the special dentures and locking hardware needed to secure your dentures in place all day long.
If you are interested in learning more about how dental implants can be used to help secure your dentures, you should call Dr. Tyler Carlson at 307-362-2220 to set up a consultation.