Northwood Dental experienced professionals, Jill Hagan, DMD, David Wagner, DDS, and Saravana Karunagaran BDS, MS, FAGD, improve patient choices for replacing missing teeth by combining dentures with dental implants. Implant supported dentures now offer people an alternative to standard dentures.
The combination of implants with dentures delivers comfort, functionality and stability. Implant supported dentures are rooted into the jaw bone so you know your “teeth” are firmly stable, allowing you to eat and live as normal. This form of restoration using dental implants also provides jaw bone stimulation to keep the bone stable and avoid deterioration, known as resorption. Additionally, the implant supported denture option typically lasts much longer than standard dentures, reducing replacements and adjustments needed over time.
There are different versions of these restorations available, depending upon your circumstances. For example, bar-retained dentures require three to four titanium posts be placed into the jaw and connected to a bar on the top of the gums. The denture portion snaps directly onto this metal bar, receiving its ultimate support from the implants below. Another type of removable denture uses two to four implants, each with a “locator” cap placed on top, which the denture then snaps onto. For those wanting a fixed, nonremovable denture, a “hybrid” approach is used where the denture is securely fastened directly to the implants underneath. The hybrid requires more implants than a removable denture, but is the most stable of these restoration options. People without teeth or with multiple missing teeth can take advantage of these implant supported dentures to regain normal function.
Patients who are interested in learning more about implant supported dentures should visit Northwood Dental on the web at http://www.northwood-dental.com.
About The Doctors
Northwood Dental is a comprehensive general practice offering personalized dental care for patients in Clearwater, FL since 2003. Drs. Jill Hagan, David Wagner and Saravana Karunagaran all bring advanced dental technology to the practice. Dr. Hagan is an Invisalign Premier Preferred Provider and has a strong emphasis on cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Wagner is part of one percent of dental professionals providing the LANAP FDA cleared laser procedure for gum disease and periodontal treatment. Dr. Karunagaran has earned the prestigious title of Fellow in the American Academy of General Dentistry and specializes in dental implant placement and restorations. To learn more about Northwood Dental and their dental services visit their website at http://www.northwood-dental.com and call (727) 288-9085.
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