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An implant-retained denture.

Implant-Retained Dentures – Fairhope, AL

Create a More Reliable and Comfortable Denture

Dentures run into the common problem of not feeling quite right after they’ve been fitted. While this doesn’t typically occur until a few years have passed, it can make using a denture almost impossible for some patients. With the help of dental implants, you won’t have to worry about your partial or full denture slipping and sliding every time you want to eat, speak or laugh! To learn more about the process, keep reading or schedule an appointment with our office!

How Do Implant-Retained Dentures Work?

A diagram of an implant-retained denture.

Dental implants are incredibly sturdy and durable, which means they act as extremely strong anchors for restorations. This includes dentures, whether they are full or partial or replacing teeth on the top or bottom arch. To fit dentures with dental implants, we can place anywhere between four and six implants throughout the jaw, then customize your denture to snap on top of them. These dentures can be made to be removable or fixed, depending on your preference. Either way, it will look and feel incredibly natural because of the acrylic and porcelain materials our office utilizes.

Am I a Candidate for Implant-Retained Dentures?

When you choose an implant-retained denture to replace teeth, we’ll either create a brand-new denture that fits your mouth exactly or we’ll use your current denture, assuming that it’s in good enough condition to be customized with dental implants. During your consultation, we’ll discuss exactly what your needs are, then create a treatment plan that addresses the most important factors of your treatment. This includes the number of teeth you need to have replaced, the type of restoration used, and whether or not preparatory treatments are needed (i.e. bone grafts, sinus lifts, periodontal therapy.)

The Implant-Retained Dentures Procedure

An older couple smiling.

During the first step of surgery, our office will place your series of implants by making small incisions n your gum tissue, then gently insert the implants into your jawbone. Over the next several weeks, they’ll be given time to heal. Once completely healed, we can create an impression mold of your current mouth and use that to create the permanent denture. After the implants have integrated with your bone, we’ll place healing caps on the implants so that the gum tissue properly heals around them as well. Finally, we’ll place the completed denture on top of your implants, making sure that it feels natural and keeps your bite even.

Benefits of Combining Dentures and Dental Implants

The most obvious benefit of combining dentures with dental implants is that you’re getting a more stable denture overall. There’s no need to worry about natural suction or denture adhesive to keep the denture in place. Eating your favorite foods, even tough and crunchy foods like steak and apples, are a breeze to eat with implant-retained dentures.

Furthermore, because dental implants are now integrated with your jawbone, your biting strength will have dramatically improved. As a result, eating all foods feels incredibly natural. When it’s time to practice daily oral care, you’ll also find this process to be easier overall compared to a traditional denture.