While dental implants are frequently used to replace individual teeth, they can also be used to anchor a new or existing denture. Traditional denture wearers frequently experience gum irritation and can have problems eating and speaking due to the instability of removable dentures. These problems can become worse the longer teeth have been missing due to the jaw bone’s natural degeneration when teeth are missing. All-on-6™ denture implants procedures with Dr. Dennis Prat in Oakland, CA rely upon six strategically positioned dental implants to keep dentures firmly in place.
Using dental implants to replace individual teeth early on can prevent the bone loss that naturally occurs when the jaw bone stops receiving stimulation from the teeth. But what happens when bone loss has already occurred? In some cases concerning traditional dental implants, bone grafts are necessary prior to implantation; but because All-on-6™ procedures use only six implants to anchor your denture, Dr. Prat can utilize the locations where the bone is strongest. When using the All-on-6™ technique, bone grafting is rarely required. Furthermore, because the implants are now providing some stimulation for the jaw bone, they promote bone retention where they are placed.
The stability and permanence of All-on-6™ denture implants will reduce the irritation caused by ill-fitting or sliding dentures and increase your confidence as you eat and speak with your teeth firmly secured. Typically, the implants are placed and a temporary denture is attached in one visit. After about three to six months, the jaw bone will have fully integrated with the implants, allowing your permanent teeth to be placed.
Benefits of All-on-6™ Denture Implants
- Very short recovery time
- Rarely require bone grafting
- Keep your dentures firmly in place
- Easy maintenance and cleaning
- Reduce further bone loss
- Temporary teeth in as little as one visit and permanent teeth usually within three to six months
If you have multiple missing teeth or would like to make the transition from traditional dentures to denture implants, we can help. To schedule your consultation for All-on-6™ dental implants in Oakland, CA, contact Dr. Prat today.