Dentures can provide an invaluable tooth replacement option for people who are missing all of their teeth. This prosthetic option restores a person’s ability to eat, speak, and smile with ease -- and when they are supported by dental implants, dentures provide even more stability and security to promote an active, healthy lifestyle. If you are missing or on the brink of losing all of your teeth in the upper or lower jaw, keep reading to find out how implant-retained dentures can give you back your smile.
Implant-Retained Dentures: An Overview
Dentures are prosthetic teeth that can fill in the gaps left by several or an entire row of missing teeth. Traditional dentures rest on the gums; implant-retained dentures are attached to posts that have been surgically placed in the jaw. An implant-retained denture can replace teeth in the upper or lower jaw.
Through a process called osseointegration, dental implants fuse together with your jawbone to provide the ultimate in stability for the prosthetic teeth that are affixed on top. An individual implant is not needed for each missing tooth -- in the treatment planning phase, Dr. Arakelian will decide how many implant posts are necessary to provide sufficient support for your denture. Sometimes, as few as 4 dental implants can be used to support a full denture.
Just like with a traditional denture, you will need to remove and soak the implant-retained denture at night while you sleep. Clean the denture thoroughly after eating and before reinserting it to keep your mouth healthy.
Benefits of Implant-Retained Dentures
An implant-retained denture offers a number of benefits compared to a conventional denture. Some of the advantages include:
- Implant-retained dentures are more secure because they are attached to implant posts rather than resting on the gums.
- Dental implants stabilize the jawbone to keep its structure healthy and sound for years to come.
- A denture that is retained by dental implants will fit properly from day one on and will also require fewer replacements.
- There is no need for messy denture adhesives or creams.
- You can eat what you like and speak with confidence thanks to the better fit provided by an implant-retained denture.
- When cared for properly, dental implants can last for many years.
Are You a Candidate for an Implant-Retained Denture?
People who have lost all of their teeth but who still have enough bone in the jaw to support dental implants are typically eligible candidates for an implant-retained denture. Dental implants are placed surgically, which means diseases affecting the immune system (like uncontrolled diabetes, advanced stage cancers, and others) will impact a patient’s eligibility for dental implants.
Schedule an appointment with your implant dentist to find out whether or not you can benefit from an implant-retained denture. Dr. Arakelian will evaluate your oral and overall health to determine your eligibility. If an implant-retained denture is the right fit for you, we look forward to getting started right away!
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Are you interested in learning more about implant-retained dentures? We invite you to contact the office to learn more about this comprehensive tooth replacement option. Please get in touch with us to schedule an appointment today!