When you have several missing teeth, it’s unlikely that a single dental bridge will be enough to properly address your smile and bite. However, if the idea of transitioning to a denture is not acceptable, or you already use a denture and you’re tired of it shifting out of place on a regular basis, DFW Absolute Dental recommends that you consider the most comprehensive solution to tooth replacement available today: dental implants. When combined with a denture, you can achieve a better and more reliable fit that truly stands the test of time. Call our office to learn more!
An implant-retained denture looks much like a regular denture. However, instead of relying on the natural shape of your mouth and adhesives to stay in place, this denture relies on a series of dental implants placed strategically throughout the mouth. In many cases, four to six dental implants can sufficiently hold a full denture. After the implants are placed and given time to heal, a denture is customized to fit on top of them exactly, whether it’s fixed or removable.
If you are missing several teeth and your oral health is in order, you’re likely a candidate for implant-retained dentures. Keep in mind that placing dental implants does require having sufficient bone volume so the implants can properly adhere to the bone inside your jaw. You’ll also need to have decent gum health, as the gum tissue needs to be able to heal properly around the implant once it has been placed. During your consultation, we’ll confirm if you are eligible for dental implants ahead of time, then walk you through the process of receiving your tooth replacements.
After carefully examining your mouth and confirming your eligibility for implant-retained dentures, our office will schedule you for implant placement. We work with experts in the area who are trained to place dental implants safely and effectively. They start by opening up small portions of your gum tissue, placing the implants so they are seated inside of the jawbone, then closing the tissue so that it has time to heal. After several months of healing, we can place abutment sections, which act as foundations for the permanent restoration that eventually sits on top. Once we capture an impression of your mouth with the implants, we can create a restoration that snaps on top.
Implant-retained dentures offer many benefits that you won’t typically find with traditional tooth replacements. For example, implant-retained dentures give your jaw it’s fullest biting strength, so you don’t have to worry about whether or not you’ll be able to chew tough foods properly. You’ll also notice that your facial shape is better retained after the implants are placed, which is because the titanium posts are stimulating your bone tissue and preventing it from shrinking in overall size. Because the implants are incredibly sturdy, there’s no worry of whether your denture will stay in place with daily use.