When your full or partial denture is simply not cooperating, it can make even the most basic tasks incredibly frustrating and even impossible. When you’re chewing food or speaking, an ill-fitting denture can feel incredibly cumbersome. Even worse, a denture that doesn’t fit properly can make your gums incredibly sore throughout the day. Instead of going through the process of repairing and replacing your denture, you may want to consider choosing implant-retained dentures to replace teeth instead. To learn more about the process, keep reading or contact the dentists at LakeView Family Dental today!
While single dental implants are designed to hold individual teeth, a group of dental implants can effectively hold both partial and even full dentures with relative ease. What’s great about implant-retained dentures is that you do not need a dedicated implant for each tooth you intend to replace. Just like how an implant-retained bridge that replaces three to four teeth is typically held with a pair of implants, implant-retained dentures are usually held with four to six implants, sometimes more depending on the case. Each implant integrates with your existing bone and gum tissue, ensuring a long-lasting fit.
In order to be a candidate for implant-retained dentures, you’ll need to have good oral health, healthy gum tissue, and sufficient bone volume for the implants to integrate with. Doing this ensures that your implants last for many decades, even after continuous use. If you are missing several teeth and you’d rather not use a traditional denture to replace teeth, implant-retained dentures are ideal for you. The same is true if you’re tired of using your current denture or don’t want to regularly repair and replace them, as is very common with full and partial dentures.
After we’ve completed your initial consultation and confirmed that you are eligible to receive dental implants, we’ll begin the planning process of your treatment. This means determining exactly which denture you’ll be using to combine with dental implants and the number of implants that need to be placed. Then, we’ll schedule your surgery date to have the implants placed. To do this, we create a small incision inside of your gum tissue, place the implants, then close the tissue to give it time to heal. Next, we’ll place a series of abutments for the final restoration to attach to, cast an impression of your mouth to create the permanent restoration, then have you come back to the office to have the denture attached.
One of the most notable benefits of implant-retained dentures is the fact that you will not have to worry about your implant shifting out of place. This is because dental implants work to stimulate bone tissue, which prevents your jaw from breaking down and changing shape. This also means you will not have to rely on denture adhesive just to keep your denture stable. This is often why those who wear dentures need to have their replacement teeth regularly relined and eventually replaced. Additionally, implant-retained dentures make it much easier to eat the foods you love, speak with clarity, and maintain a longer lasting smile overall. Implants are designed to last well over 25 years, but they often remain healthy for a lifetime when placed by a professional.