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  Dr Minh Nguyen
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Surgically insert implant into the jawbone
Implant surgery
Attachment placed on the implants
Implant attachment
Denture is clipped on to the implant attachment
Final denture restoration

Edentulous Jaw Implant for denture

Do I Need a Jaw Implant?

If you have a lower denture, you probably know how hard it can be to eat comfortably. When lower teeth are lost, the bone in the jaw continually recedes. Even worse, there are nerves passing through these holes in the jaw that can end up on the surface of the bone. If this happens, there is a great deal of pain when you bite down.

Fortunately, it's usually possible to place implants into the lower jaw. Dental implants are small titanium cylinders that are surgically inserted into the bone of the jaw to replace the roots of missing teeth.

One way to use implants on the lower jaw is to connect the implants with a bar and then put clips into a new lower denture. These clips snap onto the bar and keep the denture from rocking and shifting. A denture, like this one, can still be removed for easy access and at-home cleaning of the implants and bar. Another option is a lower bridge. It may be cemented in, or held in place by screws.

Using dental implants to support either a lower denture or a bridge will keep the pressure off the bone and nerves. The implants also help stop the bone loss in the jaw that continues once teeth have been removed. Securing your teeth with dental implants can make a world of difference. You can eat, talk, laugh and smile with confidence.

Occasionally, a patient just isn't able to comfortably wear an upper denture. He may complain of constant pain or a persistent "gaggy" feeling. Or he might say his upper dentures just don't stay in place.

Simply put, for these people, the transition from their own teeth to an upper denture just never worked out.

In such cases, implants may be the answer. Dental implants are small titanium cylinders that are surgically inserted into the bone of the jaw to replace the roots of missing teeth. Bone in the upper jaw is continually lost once teeth have been removed. Implants help to stabilize the bone.

There are several ways to use implants on the upper jaw to replace a denture. One way is with a modified denture that's open on the palate. It clips to a bar that connects the implants. You can remove this device for cleaning by yourself at home. Another option is a bridge. It may be cemented in or held in place by screws.

Securing your teeth with dental implants can make a world of difference. You can eat, talk, laugh and smile with confidence.

A Jaw Implant Procedure

Restoring your jaw with dental implants is accomplished in two phases. The first phase is the surgical placement of the implants. They're left under the gums for several months while the bone attaches to them. After healing, the second phase begins. The implants are re-exposed and the new teeth are made.

For the surgical placement of the implant, you'll be given nitrous oxide or intravenous sedation to relax you. Then your mouth is numbed.

An incision is made in the gums and a hole is made in the bone to receive the implant. After the implant is snugly in place, the gums are closed over the implant with a stitch or two. Over the course of the next few months, the implant attaches securely to the bone.

The second phase starts with surgical exposure of the implant. Another incision is made in your gums, and a small extension is placed to raise it above the gum line.

Your dentist will then start a series of appointments to create your new teeth. Though some of the steps might be different in your case, they usually include making impressions of your mouth. From these impressions, your dentist makes precise working models of your mouth, which are carefully mounted for proper alignment. The last step is the placement of the teeth.

The ultimate success of implants depends on the care you provide at home, and the support they receive through regular checkups and cleaning.

You may also be interested in:

Two-units bridge implants
Single-unit dental implant
Dental Bridges
Upper and lower complete dentures
Upper and lower partial dentures
Intravenous sedation
Tori reduction


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