Implants & Dentures

Maine Implants & Dentures

We understand that the loss of a tooth can be stressful, and we want our patients to wear their smiles proudly. Dental implants, implant-supported dentures, and complete or partial dentures can help improve the overall function of the mouth and can enhance the appearance of your smile. 

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Implants

Missing teeth can be replaced with implants. A tooth can be missing for many reasons including injury, periodontal disease, tooth decay and congenitally missing teeth. Implants not only help patients achieve their ideal smile again but improve overall oral health. How is oral health improved? Areas where there are no longer teeth present can cause premature bone loss, and the surrounding teeth may shift causing more problems with other teeth in the future. By placing an implant these two factors can be avoided.

An implant is designed to look and feel like a natural tooth and keep bone structure intact.  They are quickly becoming the treatment of choice for patients who are in need of a single tooth replacement because they do not affect any of the surrounding teeth. Once an implant is placed, minimal additional care is required beyond regular brushing, flossing and routine home care.

Many patients are unaware of the bone loss their jaw will incur after the loss of a tooth. This can lead to facial and speech changes over a period of time. A dental implant helps prevent bone loss. This can restore the facial and speech changes.

It is up to the doctor to determine whether or not a patient is a good candidate for implants. If implants are the best option for the patient, a treatment plan will be outlined and the process to getting a new and healthy smile begins.

Implant Supported Dentures

We custom-craft both full and partial dentures and anchor them securely with dental implants. A denture that is supported by implants is a great way to ensure the denture has a snug, comfortable fit. The dentures are supported by four or more implants and are placed in the lower or upper jaw. Some implant dentures are screwed in place and others can clip onto a bar.

The first step to getting this type of denture fabricated is to schedule an appointment with the dentist. A thorough exam and 3D x-ray are done and evaluated to determine if there is adequate bone structure. Additionally, it must be determined that the patient is healthy enough to have implants. This is a great alternative to a standard denture and can make the patient smile for years to come.

Complete Dentures

Losing all of your teeth can be a traumatic experience. A set of complete dentures can help ease the stress of tooth loss and can bring back your smile, muscle support and function.

There are two different ways to deliver a complete denture to a patient. There is the standard method which consists of approximately five appointments that are each two weeks apart. The disadvantage to this method is the patient has to be without their teeth for an extended period of time.

The other type of denture is an immediate denture. Impressions are taken with the patient’s teeth still in the mouth and a denture is fabricated. Once the denture is back from the lab an appointment is made to extract the remaining teeth and place the denture that day. A reline will be necessary six months to a year later to correct the fit of the denture.

It will be up to the patient and the dentist to decide which method will be the best fit. Our goal is to make sure our patient is healthy, confident and happy with their new smile.

Partial Dentures

Removable partial dentures are another option for replacing missing teeth. This type of denture is fabricated from a combination of metal and a flexible material that will blend in with the existing gum tissue in the mouth. There are also clasps that attach to existing teeth that help to hold the partial in place. These clasps can be made of metal or a clear material that is less visible.

Just as in complete dentures, impressions of the oral cavity are taken and sent to the laboratory. About two weeks later the first try-in is scheduled to ensure proper fit before a final partial is made. If the fit is good the final partial is fabricated and delivered to the patient about two to three weeks later.

Partial dentures if they fit properly are a great option to help make a patient’s mouth function better but also improve overall aesthetics.

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