New innovations in dentistry make it possible for your dentist to preserve your natural teeth for longer than ever. Unfortunately, despite these innovations, tooth loss is a common problem for many Americans. If you’ve lost multiple teeth over the years, you need an effective treatment to replace them or your quality of life and oral health are going to suffer. You have more options than ever to rebuild your smile, but which is the right choice for you? Whether you want a traditional prosthetic or dental implants in Addison, we’ll help you find the personalized solution you need to invest in your smile.
Normal dentures are pretty simple. They rest on the gums’ surface and rely on suction and adhesives to remain in place, which is why they are notorious for slipping or coming loose. In contrast, implant-retained dentures are anchored to dental implants, which imitate the natural tooth structure and are integrated firmly into the jaw bone. This advanced tooth-replacement method allows your artificial teeth to enjoy anywhere between 70 and 90 percent of the biting power you lost, enabling you to continue a nutritious diet and a higher quality of life.
If you are missing all of your upper or lower teeth or both, you may be eligible for implant-retained dentures, but there are certain criteria that you must meet. For example, you need to be in good oral health (i.e., without infections). In addition, your jaw bone needs to have enough density and strength to support implants, but even if you do not, we may be able to perform a bone graft. So how do you know if you qualify for this treatment? You need to schedule a consultation with one of our talented dentists. During this appointment, we’ll be able to provide specific insight about whether your dentures could be retained using dental implants.
The process of getting implant-retained dentures is very similar to that of any other implant-retained restoration. After we have determined that this is the right treatment option for you, we will surgically place four to six implants per arch under the gums’ surface and into the jaw bone. Over the course of several months, your jaw bone will become fused to the implants, holding them firmly in position. Once this process (called osteointegration) is complete, we will attach abutments, or connector pieces, to the implants. Finally, we will either bolt or snap your dentures to the implants.
When it comes to replacing all of your teeth, you don’t have to choose between dentures and dental implants exclusively—you can enjoy the best of both worlds! Here are just some of the benefits of implant-retained dentures: