What we know, is that our patients FEEL our passion. They feel that we are their biggest cheerleaders. They feel that we want the best for them. They do NOT feel judged. We want to give every patient the opportunity to say YES to the best dental care.
Benefits That You Can Expect
There are some benefits associated with implant supported dentures when compared with conventional dentures. Here are a few for you to consider when deciding if this is the right solution for your situation.
- Implant supported dentures are far more stable than conventional dentures. They are less likely to become loose while speaking.
- Implant supported dentures improve your chewing ability. You will be able to eat harder and stickier foods.
- Compared with traditional dentures, implant supported dentures tend to fit better and are more comfortable. There is less friction on the gums from wearing the implant supported denture.
- Many people consider implant supported dentures to be more natural looking than conventional dentures.
- Your jawbone is preserved, and further bone loss is prevented with this option.
How Implant Supported Dentures Actually Work
There are two types of implant supported dentures: bar-retained and ball-retained. With both methods, the denture will be made of an acrylic base that looks like your natural gums. Porcelain or acrylic crowns matching your natural teeth are attached to the base. Both versions of dentures need at least two implants for proper support.
- Bar-retained dentures- A thin metal bar following the curve of your arch is attached to two to five implants that have been surgically placed in your jawbone. Clips are fitted to the bar, the denture or both. The denture fits directly over the bar and is securely clipped into place with attachments.
- Ball-retained dentures- Each implant has a metal attachment that is ball shaped. These ball shaped attachments snap directly into a nylon socket on the backside of the denture.
It's a Team Thing. Here at Karmazin Dental, we invest heavily in recruitment of “A+” team members. Everyone on Team Karmazin has unparallel talent and an ongoing commitment to continuing education. No matter who you see at your appointment, you can be assured that you will be met with a wealth of experience and knowledge not to mention, unequaled customer service.
Not Insurance Driven. The restrictions and limitations that dental insurance puts on its members and Dentists is continuously changing and it is not always for the betterment of the patient. Our focus at Karmazin Dental is to provide patients with the best course of treatment for them, period. For patients without dental insurance, we offer and in house membership plan, which gives the power BACK to our patients. By removing the restrictions of what insurance says they will or will not cover, patients get to spend their money the way they want.
Our philosophy is
CUSTOMIZED ORAL CARE
Growth: Always in ALL – Ways
Gratitude: Our patients provide EVERYTHING
Relentless: Clinical Excellence & continuing OUR education
Never Settle: Provide excellence but have the humility to know we will never get there. There is always something more to do, learn and improve upon.
20/20: Complete transparency with our patients and our team.
Integrity to the Core: Do what we say and say what we think.
The Procedure for Implant Supported Dentures
During your initial exam, the detail-focused team at Karmazin Dental will review your medical and dental histories, take X-rays, and create impressions of your teeth and gums so that models can be made. We might also order a computed tomography (CT) scan of your mouth. This will show us where your sinuses and nerves are located above your upper teeth. It helps us to make sure they will not be affected by the implant placement. A CT scan might also be done to determine the jawbone density and to pinpoint the perfect locations for the implants. If you are not wearing a complete denture, we will make you one. You will use this temporary denture until your implant supported denture is placed.
By making this temporary denture, we can also determine the ideal position for artificial crowns in the final denture. When the temporary denture is finished, we will use a copy of it as a guide to direct the implants in the correct positions. It will take about four appointments for the entire completion.
We will now administer a local anesthetic to numb the immediate area. Next, we will create a small incision and proceed to surgically place the tiny titanium post into your jawbone. We will close the site with sutures. Karmazin Dental will wait several months allowing the jawbone and the implants to integrate or attach and fuse together.
After we have confirmed with X-rays that the implants have become fused with the bone, the second surgery can be scheduled. This surgery is simpler than the first. A small incision is made to expose the tops of the implants. We then attach an abutment or extension to the titanium post to reach the surface of your gumline. There is now minimal soft tissue healing and then we will make a final impression of your gums and the abutments. This is the roadmap for the final denture framework, ball or bar, precise locations.
With the final denture now fabricated, we have some small adjustments for either a bar-retained or a ball-retained final implant supported denture. When completed, we will proceed to your final fitting to make minor adjustments.
The Aftercare of Your Implant Supported Dentures
Karmazin Dental will advise you to remove your dentures at night and for cleaning. We would also like you to carefully clean around the attachments.
We will test all the parts to make sure they are secure. Even though your new denture is stable, it could still move slightly when you chew. This slight movement could cause rubbing against your gums, which will cause sore spots. We will check your gums and will check your bite after the insertion of the denture.
The clips or other attachments on your dentures will need to be replaced every 6 to 12 months. They are made of a plastic material (nylon) and will show wear with continued use.
We Love Creating Beautiful Smiles
The entire team at Karmazin Dental share the exceptional passion radiating from Drs. Molly and Corey Karmazin. Each member of the team works diligently to provide modern dental technology, loving care, and time conscious service. You will find five unique qualities that each team member shares. We believe in and practice team ethics and we collectively make every day and every appointment fun. The unbridled desire for continuing education brings to you a higher level of expertise and skills. You will leave with a smile after experiencing our patience and positive attitudes. We share the simple goal of making your smile the invaluable asset it should be. Please call, text, or email to make your appointment for an evaluation of the benefits of implant supported dentures for you.
Our number is 605-323-1320 and we have plenty of convenient parking at our office, 5701 S. Remington Pl, Sioux Falls, SD 57108. At Karmazin Dental we want to achieve perfection with every procedure, but we will accept excellence.