Implant Supported Dentures in Fort Myers
Worn-down, decayed teeth or traditional dentures making it difficult to eat?
Full-arch implant-supported dentures and bridges are the solution for loose, ill-fitting traditional dentures or multiple damaged or missing teeth. Dr. Reyes-Viruet uses high-quality implants and materials to provide replacement teeth that help patients regain chewing power and oral function.
If you wear dentures or have many missing teeth or teeth beyond repair, you can regain all the chewing power and beauty of natural teeth with implant-supported dentures and bridges. Implant-supported teeth allow you to avoid the mess, discomfort and health risks associated with traditional dentures.
Skilled Implant Surgeon
Dentists in the area routinely send their patients to Dr. Reyes-Viruet for dental implant surgery. She has become known for her surgical expertise and caring nature with patients. Since Dr. Reyes-Viruet is a specialist, she has a deeper understanding of the biological mechanisms by which gums and bone function. She is well qualified to perform dental implant surgery for full-arch cases, even complex ones.
Getting Implant-Supported Dentures with Dr. Reyes-Viruet
State of the Art Technology
Dr. Reyes-Viruet uses high-tech 3D imaging and implant planning software for precise, minimally invasive treatment. A detailed 3D scan of your entire mouth and jaw is captured using her cone beam scanner. This gives Dr. Reyes-Viruet a detailed look at the bone and oral structure to identify the areas that are most suitable for implant placement.
The implant planning software allows Dr. Reyes-Viruet to create a surgical guide that is positioned in the mouth during the procedure to direct the placement of the implants. This eliminates the need for exploratory incisions, making the surgery precise, comfortable and minimally invasive. A detailed 3D scan of your entire mouth and jaw is captured using her cone beam scanner. This gives Dr. Reyes-Viruet a detailed look at the bone and oral structures to identify the areas that are most suitable for implant placement.
The implant planning software allows Dr. Reyes-Viruet to create a surgical guide that is positioned in the mouth during the procedure to direct the placement of the implants. This eliminates the need for exploratory incisions, making the surgery precise, comfortable and minimally invasive.
Fixed-In Implant-Supported Teeth
For the greatest stability and most lifelike function, Dr. Reyes-Viruet provides permanently fixed-in teeth supported by dental implants. Often called a “hybrid,” this option is the closest to having real teeth.
Four to six implants are placed in the upper or lower arch and a set of new teeth is attached. This give you all the strength and chewing power of natural teeth.
New Teeth In One Day
In many cases, Dr. Reyes-Viruet is able to provide you with full-arch, fixed-in teeth in one visit using her New Teeth in One Day procedure. Using this advanced technique, Dr. Reyes-Viruet can perform any needed extractions, place the implants and attach aesthetic and functional temporary teeth in just one visit.
Once the implants have fully integrated with the jawbone, you will receive the final teeth. These are placed by your general dentist or a restorative dentist recommended by Dr. Reyes-Viruet. The new teeth can be made out of acrylic or lifelike porcelain or zirconium.
An economical option for keeping dentures in place and increasing chewing power is implant-supported, snap-in dentures.
Dr. Reyes-Viruet places two to four implants for each arch along with dentures that have special attachments, which allow them to snap on and off the implants. The snaps allow you to remove your dentures with ease, while the implants provide stability, keeping them in place and allowing you to chew better.
A Brand New Smile
Implant-supported dentures return confidence, a beautiful smile and the ability to once again eat the foods patients love or need to be healthy. The new teeth can be made out of acrylic, porcelain or zirconium. Dr. Reyes-Viruet can explain the differences and benefits of each in a consultation.
Disadvantages of Dentures
Traditional dentures have been a common choice for replacing an entire arch or set of teeth for many years, but they come with many issues. One of the main drawbacks is the minimal (10 percent) ability to chew when compared to natural teeth. This forces you to resort to a soft food diet, which many not be very palatable and may not provide you with the nutrients you need to be healthy.
Bone loss is another problem that comes with missing teeth and wearing traditional dentures. Without the stimulation from full-force chewing, bone in the jaw gradually reabsorbs back into the body. Wearing dentures intensifies this process due to the constant friction of the denture on the boney ridge. Eventually, so much bone is lost that the lower part of the face collapses in on itself. The chin moves toward the nose and the mouth and cheeks sink in, causing deep wrinkles and folds.
Dental implants solve these issues. Because they are firmly fixed in the jaw, they provide strong chewing power and stimulate the jawbone, preventing bone loss.