For centuries, dentures have been the most effective and well-known method of replacing missing teeth. However, many patients who wear dentures eventually grow dissatisfied with them, as they begin to lose their comfortable fit over the years or slip around embarrassingly. At Ultimate Dental, we offer a solution to make your new teeth more secure and long-lasting: implant-retained dentures. Our very own Dr. Sammi Hadad can restore dental implants with a full denture to give you back your ability to talk, eat, and smile just like you did when you had all your pearly whites. If you’re interested in replacing all of your missing teeth at once, contact us today to schedule a consultation.
Implant-Retained Dentures – Brownstown, MI
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How Do Implant-Retained Dentures Work?
Traditional dentures sit atop the gums and stay in place with natural suction (or denture adhesive). Because they don’t stimulate the jawbone, they can’t prevent the bone deterioration that occurs after prolonged tooth loss. Your gumline begins to change, and your dentures lose their fit after a few years.
In contrast, dental implants are inserted directly into the jawbone, stimulating bone growth just like the roots of your natural teeth. By acting as your tooth roots, these titanium posts will firmly hold your dentures in place so you can talk, smile, and eat like normal.
Am I A Candidate for Implant-Retained Dentures?
While most patients are eligible for traditional dentures, we’ll have to examine your oral health to determine your candidacy for implants. If your jawbone doesn’t have enough density to accommodate implants, you may have to first undergo a bone graft to strengthen the bone so that it can support your new teeth. Additionally, your gums need to be healthy enough to prevent implant failure. If you have gum disease or any other oral health issue, we’ll need to address it before you receive your implants.
The Implant-Retained Dentures Procedure
We’ll refer you to a skilled oral surgeon to place your implants. During the procedure, your gums are opened up to expose your jawbone. Four to eight implants are placed inside the bone at strategic angles throughout your mouth. After waiting three to six months for the posts to fuse with the bone, you’ll undergo another minor surgery to receive your abutments, or metal connectors. You’ll return to our office and we’ll take impressions of your mouth to design your new teeth. Once your dentures are ready, we’ll finally place them in your mouth, letting you enjoy all the benefits of a complete smile once again.
Benefits of Combining Dentures & Dental Implants
Some of the advantages you can expect to enjoy are:
- Natural appearance. The implant posts are hidden beneath your gums, so people will only see a row of stunning, natural-looking pearly whites.
- Greater comfort. Because the implant posts fuse with your bone, they’ll feel just like the teeth you were born with.
- Easier eating. You’ll no longer have to worry about your dentures slipping around while chewing.
- Since your new teeth are permanently secured in your mouth, you can simply brush and floss them like you would natural teeth.
- Provided you take good care of your oral health, dental implants can last for decades, if not a lifetime.