Posted on: 19 October 2015
If your periodontal disease is seriously advanced, one of your options—in order to have a full set of functioning teeth— is to begin the steps towards having full dental implants. It takes multiple steps spread out over many months for this entire process. Here is a brief rundown of how the process works.
Step #1: Fabrication Of Immediate Dentures
The first step towards getting full dental implants is the fabrication of immediate dentures. You are going to need teeth to eat and talk with while you are going through the process of having your teeth removed and your full dental implants installed.
Your dentist will use the teeth that you have in place already to create a mold for full dental implants. You will have to go to your dentist and have a mold made for dentures. Then, your dentist will send the mold out and will have a set of dentures made for you.
Step #2: Full Dental Extraction
Once your dentures have been created, your dentist will proceed with a full dental extraction. This process could take a few hours; during this procedure your dentist will remove all of your teeth.
Step #3: Bone Graft & Sinus Augmentation
Depending on the state of your teeth, this step is sometimes done at the same time as your dental extraction, and sometimes your dentist will allow your mouth to heal for up to a month before proceeding with this step.
During this step, your dentist will try to graft bone to the bone that is still present. This is done in the hope that some of your bone will re-grow. If the bone grafts hold, your implants will more easily integrate onto your jawbone.
A sinus augmentation will only be necessary if your sinus membranes have dropped down to where your teeth should be. If that is the case, they are going to need to be moved and fixed before implants can be put in your mouth.
Step #4: Placement Of Your Implants
Your implants will not be placed until your mouth has healed and the bone grafts have had time to work. The length of time depends on how advanced your periodontal disease is and how quickly your mouth heals. This can take a few months; it is always a good idea to give your mouth more time to heal instead of less
Once your mouth is ready, a dentist (such as Michele A Bibeau DDS) will install your dental implants throughout your mouth.
If it looks like your periodontal disease is advancing, sit down with your dentist and ask them to go over the four steps above in detail so you can fully understand your future treatment options. Schedule an appointment with your dentist today to have this chat.Share