Implant retained dentures are a great alternative if you require replacement of many teeth. Implant retained dentures do not require a lot of dental implants.
Implant retained dentures are a great alternative to conventional dentures if you require replacement of many teeth. Implant retained dentures do not require a lot of dental implants. Two to six implants can restore an entire arch of teeth to function like your natural teeth. By requiring less implants the implant retained dentures are more affordable and less invasive than implant supported dentures. This restoration makes it easier to talk and eat without discomfort, but the dentures will still need to be removed at night for cleaning.
Implant Dentistry and Periodontics will help you with your decision when it comes to considering implant retained dentures. We offer numerous important periodontal and dental implant services. Our very patient and thoughtful staff work diligently on a team goal of providing you with the best quality service for your overall oral health. We will speak to your dental concerns in a peaceful, relaxing environment, and approach your dental care as an important partner on your health care team. If you would like to have an evaluation about the potential of implant retained dentures to improve your life, call our Indianapolis office at 317-574-0600 or our Fishers office at 317-842-2273 to schedule your appointment today.
What is Implant Retained Dentures?
Instead of simply resting on your gums, implant retained dentures will clip or snap onto dental implants, therefore remaining securely in place until you remove them for cleaning. You will enjoy having teeth that feel strong and stable. This treatment is a very cost-effective way to restore your ability to talk and eat comfortably and confidently. We will only need to use two or four dental implants to hold your lower denture in place. Lower dentures tend to be more problematic because they rely solely on that bony ridge for proper support and retention. An upper arch implant retained dentures will probably need more dental implants for support but there will be a bonus. An implant retained upper denture is designed in a horseshoe shape, just like the lower denture, so it will feel less bulky and your upper palate will be uncovered. It will be more comfortable to wear and uncovering your upper palate will expose more taste buds, allowing you to taste food more easily. Not only will you be able to enjoy more of your favorite foods, but all your meals should become a whole lot tastier.
The Benefits of Implant Retained Dentures
Compared to a traditional denture, implant retained dentures offer a wide range of benefits, including:
- The snap on denture design provide stability
- Additional security throughout your entire day
- No rubbing or sore spots
- Slimmer design
- Much easier to talk, bite, chew and eat with
- No dental adhesives necessary
- The implants enhance current bone health stopping jawbone atrophy
- Far more comfortable to wear
- They will never fall out
At Implant Dentistry and Periodontics, we offer a wide range of periodontal and dental implant services. Our caring and compassionate team has one collective priority and that is your smile.
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The Implant Retained Denture Procedure
During your initial exam, Implant Dentistry and Periodontics will review your medical history, take X-rays, and then create impressions of your teeth and gums so that we can make a model. We might order a computed tomography (CT) scan of your mouth. This will show us the exact location of your sinus cavity as well as your nerves. A CT scan also shows the jawbone density and the precise position for your implants. If you are currently not wearing a denture to replace your natural teeth, we will make you one. You will use this temporary denture until the procedure is completed.
We place the implants in the jawbone at the front of your mouth because there is more jawbone to work with. This usually is true even if teeth have been missing for some time. Once you lose your teeth, you begin to lose bone in the area. The front of the jaw does not have many nerves or other structures that could interfere with the placement of your implants.
Two surgeries are usually required. At the first one Implant Dentistry and Periodontics surgically places the titanium implant posts in the jawbone. The second surgery will expose the tops of these posts to add extensions or abutments to reach the gumline surface. The second procedure comes several months after the first giving the posts adequate time to grow or fuse to the jawbone. After the second surgery is completed and the gums are healed as well, we will place your final set of dentures on either your ball retained, or bar retained system and your new retained denture is completed.
How Do Implant Retained Dentures Actually Work
There are two types of implant retained dentures: the ball-retained and the bar-retained. With both treatments, the denture appliance will be made of an acrylic tray that will look like your gums. Custom fabricated porcelain or acrylic artificial teeth that look like natural teeth are then attached to the base. Both types require at least two dental implants for support.
Ball-retained dentures (stud-attachment dentures) — Each implant that is surgically placed in the jawbone aligns perfectly with a clip on the backside of the denture tray. The attachments on the implant posts are ball-shaped ("male" attachments), and they fit into sockets ("female" attachments) on the denture tray.
Bar-retained dentures — A very thin metal bar following the exact curve of your jaw is attached to two to five implants that have been placed in your jawbone. Then clips are fitted to the bar, the denture or both. The denture fits snuggly over the bar and is secured by the clips.
Earning your Trust with High Quality Periodontal Care
When you schedule a visit with our outstanding team at Implant Dentistry and Periodontics, you will be impressed with our level of professionalism but also that we are a warm and friendly team that has the most advanced dental technology at our disposal in our clinic. We are thoughtful and conscientious because we understand exactly how unique and different each patient really is. We take our time planning your personalized treatments, so it works for your desires and budget. We work passionately to establish value back into your undervalued personal asset, your smile, so every dental procedure we perform for you is with only your best interests and oral health in mind.
At Implant Dentistry and Periodontics, we offer a relaxed stress-free environment, and we want you to be confident with our abilities and services. Scheduling an appointment for a potential implant retained denture procedure is an important step towards being proactive in your oral health and regaining your healthy smile. To schedule an appointment, call our Indianapolis office, 8801 North Meridian St., Ste 103, Indianapolis, at 317-574-0600 or our Fishers office, 9885 E. 116th St, Ste 300, Fishers, at 317-842-2273.