Implant Retained Dentures

This permanent tooth replacement option is a lifelong solution secured by dental implants.
dentist with implant tooth model
Implant-retained dentures, also commonly referred to as implant-supported dentures, are a type of denture that is secured in place using dental implants; titanium screws that are surgically attached to the jawbone. This provides extra stability, prevents them from slipping around, and allows for better chewing function. They are also sometimes referred to as “all-on-4” or “all-on-6” implants depending on the number of implants supporting the denture.

Implant-Supported Dentures Vs. Traditional Dentures

There are many key differences between these two types of dentures.

Stability: Traditional dentures lay on the gums whereas implant-supported dentures are anchored in place. This means they can’t slip around or move like other dentures are prone to doing.

Bone preservation: Implants are known for preserving the jawbone structure and preventing bone resorption whereas wearing traditional dentures can lead to jawbone loss due to lack of stimulation over time.

Improved chewing function: With implant-supported dentures, you don’t have to change your diet. They allow you to eat a wider range of foods because of stability and improved chewing efficiency. Again, traditional dentures can sometimes move around, making it difficult to eat certain things.
Longevity:Implant-supported dentures are permanent whereas traditional dentures need to be replaced after several years of wear and tear. They may also need to be adjusted after years of structural facial changes or jawbone loss.
Improved self-confidence:Because implant-supported dentures are permanent, they have a tendency to make patients feel more confident in their smile knowing they’re sturdy, natural-looking, and won’t move around while they eat or speak.

How The Dental Implant Procedure Works

The first step in the implant-retained denture process involves a consultation and examination to determine if you’re a candidate for this treatment option. Next, we’ll take impressions and x-rays of your mouth and jaw to determine the optimal placement for the dental implants. While this is an oral surgery, the procedure is very simple. They’ll be surgically attached to the jawbone after a small slit is made in your gum line. The implants are made from surgical stainless steel and will act as the new “root” of your tooth. The healing period can take several months before we proceed with the next steps as we need to ensure proper osseointegration – the process in which the jawbone accepts the new root.

Once healed, “abutments” are attached to the implants which act as connectors for the dentures. Lastly, your custom-made dentures can be securely attached to the abutments. They are not removed every night like traditional dentures are, therefore, do not try and remove them. They should only be removed and professionally cleaned by our team.

Regular Checkups are Essential in Maintaining Your Implant-Retained Dentures

In order to ensure utmost success with your implant-supported dentures, regular checkups with our dental team are essential. We will be able to ensure the health and longevity of your dentures, implants, and your gum health. Just remember, having dentures does not protect you against gum disease or other oral health issues. We still need to examine and clean your gums regularly along with helping you establish a healthy at-home dental routine.

How to Clean Your Dentures

Cleaning your dentures properly is crucial to prevent damage, plaque buildup, and gum disease. Just like with teeth, you should clean your implant-supported dentures twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste. We can recommend the best types to use to avoid damaging the material. Ensure you are thoroughly cleaning around the dentures and brushing your gums and tongue as well to remove bacteria, plaque, and food debris. You should also rinse with mouthwash at least once a day to reduce bacteria.

Book an Appointment to Determine if You’re a Good Candidate for Implant-Supported Dentures

Want to discuss this treatment option with our dentist? Give our team a call and we’ll schedule your appointment at the most convenient time for you. We’re open seven days a week to best serve our busy patients! Let’s discuss if you’re a good candidate for implant-supported dentures to improve your oral health today.

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