Implant-Retained Dentures – Dallas, TX
Improve the Fit of Your Tooth Replacement
When you’ve had a denture for a long time, you likely already know the pitfalls that can come with them. For example, if you’re tired of your denture constantly shifting out of place, either when chewing your favorite foods or when speaking with friends and family, a series of dental implants could completely change your day-to-day life. Learn from Dr. Barnett how implant-retained dentures work and the benefits you can expect should you choose them to hold your current (or future) denture!
How Do Implant-Retained Dentures Work?
Traditionally, a full denture is meant to be held in place via the natural suction of the mouth. While the mouth can slowly adjust to a denture, it can also begin to shift out of place after enough time. Dental implants rely on a series of titanium posts that have integrated with existing bone tissue. Once the implants have been placed and are fully healed, the denture can be attached to them, much like a single implant crown or bridge would be. This means that patients can experience improved stability and the restorative qualities that come with dental implants.
Am I A Candidate for Implant-Retained Dentures?
Thanks to modern advancements in implant dentistry, more patients are eligible for dental implants than ever before. In fact, even patients who have had a denture for a long time are likely able to receive implant-retained versions. Of course, the only way to know for sure if preparatory treatments (i.e. bone grafts) are needed is by completing an in-person consultation. Here, Dr. Barnett will perform a detailed exam of your mouth and capture X-rays to determine the condition of your bone tissue. This way, she can either recommend a preparatory treatment or get started planning your oral surgery.
The Implant-Retained Dentures Procedure
After she’s planned your oral surgery, you’ll be given the proper anesthesia to ensure the most comfortable experience possible. From there, we create small incisions in your gum tissue and then place the implants directly into your jaw. They will be given about four to six months to heal. Once the titanium implants have fully healed with your bone tissue, an abutment can be placed on top of them to add stability to the future denture. After an additional few weeks of healing, the final denture can be attached. We’ll confirm that it feels comfortable in your mouth and make any adjustments as needed.
Benefits Of Combining Dentures & Dental Implants
Not only can you expect a denture that fits more comfortably in your mouth, but you can greatly expand your diet in the process. This is thanks to the implants fusing with your jawbone, improving the strength of your biting force dramatically. On top of that, you can show your smile off with confidence because the materials are incredibly natural-looking. The denture is fixed, which means you don’t have to remove it to keep it clean via routine brushing and flossing. With regular dental appointments and at-home maintenance, you can expect your tooth replacement to last well over 30 years.