Dental Implant Retained Dentures
Securing a loose fitting denture
If you already have loose dentures, or are thinking about getting them, we have a perfect solution for you. As a lot of existing denture patients will know, having a denture fit and function perfectly is a bit of a challenge. They can flop about, become distracting and make eating and speaking difficult.
We can place two or more dental implants, which essentially serve the exact same purpose as natural teeth, and then a denture is custom built to secure to the dental implants. This means that the denture will no longer move around when you’re busy trying to carry out your regular activities of life!
What are dental implant retained dentures?
A dental implant is one of the many options we have for replacing missing natural teeth. Only this time, we place the titanium metal dental implant into the jaw bone to act as a strong, permanent substructure that a denture will secure onto. The implant in this case, becomes the anchor for the denture sitting above the gums. And yes, the denture itself can clip in and out of the dental implant for the times you want to take the denture out.
Why should you get dental implant retained dentures?
Having a loose or ill-fitting denture can truly influence your way of life in general. Eating, drinking, talking, laughing, are all natural, daily behaviors of a person’s existence. Missing numerous teeth, or having a poorly fitted denture can hinder all such simple tasks. Consuming healthy foods to fuel your body can be directly affected by not having the required mechanics to eat/chew, resulting in poor diet, nutrition and overall health. Having an implant retained denture can even preserve a person’s youthful appearance by protecting against shrinking facial bones which is caused from missing teeth.
Who can get dental implant retained dentures?
If you are in good general health, have complete dentures or are thinking about getting complete dentures, then implant retained dentures could be perfect for you. There are some contributing factors such as bone levels and gum tissue health that we will need to assess firstly. To do so, call our office and we will schedule you in at your earliest convenience for a consult with one of our doctors to get started.
What are the steps involved in completing dental implant retained dentures?
Step 1– the first appointment with us will be your consult with the doctor. There, we will assess your bone levels with an X-ray and impression to determine if you are a candidate for the dental implants or if you need a procedure called bone grafting. We will also assess any existing teeth you may have in your mouth still and determine when or if they should be removed.
Step 2– the second appointment will be the dental implant placement appointment. Here, we will also remove any existing teeth that are no longer purposeful, that cannot support a denture themselves or are unhealthy. We then specifically place two or more titanium metal dental implants into the jaw bone, which by the end of the appointment, you will not be able to see as they will sit below the gum line. From here forth, you will heal for a minimum of 3 months.
Step 3– At this appointment, we will test the implants to assure they have integrated (healed) into the bone. Once we have determined this, we will place healing abutments that will then sit above the gums. We will then begin the process of making you a perfectly custom fit denture by taking impressions to send to our lab who will be fabricating the denture.
Step 4, 5 and 6 – These steps are a series of important appointments where we deliver to you you’re newly made denture, and make sure that it looks, fits, feels and functions perfectly for you.