Implant Retained Dentures

What are the benefits of implant-retained dentures?

Although many people adapt well to wearing dentures, some people find it difficult to be comfortable with them. Conventional dentures don’t provide the chewing ability of natural teeth and can be loose and trap food underneath them. They can shift and rub, creating sore areas on your gums and be uncomfortable in social situations. Several options to secure a denture in place with dental implants exist. Implants supporting a denture can make it more stable for chewing, laughing and speaking are available if you are unsatisfied with your . 

What if I’m missing all of my lower teeth?

Implant Supported Dentures

One option is to have two or four implants placed in your jaw and a denture made that snaps onto these dental implants. This option allows your denture to be more stable while chewing than without implants. This type of denture can be removed for hygiene and cleaning under the denture and around the implants. As with all removable replacement teeth, you still will need periodic appointments for denture adjustment.

A mouth with the lower jaw missing all of its teeth
1. Before
A mouth with the lower jaw with two implants and no bottom teeth
2. Implants Placed
A mouth with a Ball Attachment Denture latched onto the lower jaw by two implants
3. Denture Attached

Implant Retained Dentures

A second option involves placing four or more implants in your jaw and attaching a permanent denture. Your denture is held in place by screws or clasps that secure it to the support posts or bar. This denture will replace all your missing teeth and will not be removed except by your dentist at maintenance visits. Although cleaning under your denture without removing it is more time consuming and requires more dexterity, many patients who want a permanent denture that doesn’t require daily removal prefer this option.

A mouth that has all lower jaw teeth missing
1. Before
A mouth that has six implants and no teeth on its lower jaw
2. Implants Placed
A mouth with a Screw Attachment Denture affixed onto the lower jaw by six implants
3. Denture Attached

What If I’m Missing All Of My Upper Teeth?

Implant Retained Upper Denture

Depending upon the number of implants to be placed, it may be possible to eliminate the need for covering the roof of your mouth with a complete denture. This option allows you to fully taste your food and gives you a better sense of its temperature. Your denture will feel more natural. You will still have a removable denture, which makes cleaning the support bar and denture much easier.

Implant benefits

  • Improved confidence
  • Stability during eating
  • Bone preservation
  • Superior esthetics

If you’re interested in whether dental implants could improve your quality of life, call us today at Springfield Office Phone Number 541-465-9821 to schedule a consultation.

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