Significant tooth loss can affect your oral function, appearance, and overall health. Bruce Gopin, DDS, MS, can place implant-supported dentures at his El Paso, TX, practice. In this way, he can restore your healthy smile and, in the process, give you a big boost of self-confidence. Meanwhile, you will be able to eat a more complete and healthy diet. Dr. Gopin creates unique surgical plans for each of his patients, and he places remarkably realistic restorations. Made from porcelain, ceramic, or zirconia, his dentures have a natural-looking shade and sparkle. Although he does not perform implant surgery himself, he does offer preparatory surgeries, like bone grafting and sinus lifts. Thus, he and your implant surgeon can provide comprehensive and highly effective care.
Do You Qualify for Implant-Supported Dentures?
Dentures are typically suitable if you are missing all or most of your teeth. However, you must meet certain health requirements to qualify for dental implants. Dr. Gopin will determine your implants candidacy during a careful examination. He will take digital images of your jaw during this appointment. If you qualify for treatment, these x-rays and scans will also enable him to create a personalized surgical plan.
As an experienced periodontal surgeon, Dr. Gopin offers bone grafting, sinus lifts, and socket grafting. By replacing lost tissue, he can rehabilitate your oral health and restore your implants candidacy.
The first thing Dr. Gopin will consider is your overall health. Chronic autoimmune diseases and similar conditions can involve greater risks during implant surgery. However, with proper care, you may still qualify for treatment. He will also look for signs of gum disease. This condition can cause significant tissue recession, which, in turn, may weaken implants. With deep cleanings and his full array of surgical treatments, Dr. Gopin can often restore your eligibility for dental implants.
Additionally, Dr. Gopin will evaluate your jawbone density. Tooth loss can often result in bone degeneration. Consequently, your recessed jawbone may not provide the support that implants need. As an experienced periodontal surgeon, Dr. Gopin offers bone grafting, sinus lifts, and socket grafting. By replacing lost tissue, he can rehabilitate your oral health and restore your implants candidacy.
The implant posts will fuse with your jawbone, providing a permanent anchor for your dentures.
The Treatment Process
When you are ready for implants placement, Dr. Gopin will send your personalized treatment plan to your surgeon. Your doctor will position several implants in your upper or lower jaw. In many cases, they can use just four implants to support the entire prosthetic. Depending on your specific needs, however, you may need as many as six. In either case, your surgeon will set the implants carefully to minimize discomfort and promote healing. Typically, you will also receive sedation to further ensure your comfort.
After implant surgery, you will need to wear a temporary denture for three to six months. As your jaw heals, the implants and your bone will fuse together. Thanks to this process, the implant posts will become an integral and permanent part of your oral structure. Following this healing period, Dr. Gopin will attach your denture. The restoration will be custom made at a trusted third-party lab. You can choose a ceramic, porcelain, or zirconia denture, depending on your aesthetic preferences and budget. If you are still concerned about finances, we offer third-party lending. Our on-staff financial advisor can explain more about your options and help you file all paperwork.
Implant-supported dentures require more extensive treatment than standard dentures. However, this process may seem a small price to pay when you consider the many benefits of dental implants. While traditional dentures can easily move out of place, implant-supported dentures are stable. You can eat whole fruits, juicy steak, and crusty bread without worrying about damage to your new teeth. Most importantly, you can speak, smile, and laugh with confidence. In addition, implant-supported dentures are more realistic than traditional restorations. They do not have plastic bases or metal clips, and our lifelike materials are virtually identical to natural dental tissue. Your implant posts will also promote bone tissue growth. In this way, you can avoid the degenerative process that occurs in the jaw after tooth loss.
Contact Us Today
If you are missing all or many of your teeth, there is a permanent solution available. To learn more about implant-supported dentures and to find out if they are right for you, contact our office online today. You can also call (915) 533-4608 to schedule an appointment.