Implant-Retained Dentures – Satellite Beach, FL
An Efficient Solution to Extensive Tooth Loss
The more teeth you lose, the higher your risk for future tooth loss. After teeth fall out, the bone responsible for holding teeth begins to atrophy, making it more difficult for neighboring teeth to function and remain stable. The only way to address this issue head-on is by continuously stimulating your bone tissue through dental implants. If the idea of replacing all of your teeth with individual dental implants sounds daunting, or you simply want to upgrade your current denture, you’ll love implant-retained dentures from Dr. Grant!
How Do Implant-Retained Dentures Work?
While replacing single teeth involves a single implant and crown, an implant-retained denture utilizes a series of implants to hold either a partial or full denture, depending on your specific needs. However, the main difference is you do not need to have a dedicated dental implant for each tooth you intend to replace. For example, a full arch of teeth may only need four to six implants to provide proper stability. With each implant placed, you’ll be stimulating your bone tissue, improving your bite strength, and ensuring that your restoration lasts longer than ever before, especially compared to traditional dentures.
Am I A Candidate for Implant-Retained Dentures?
Just like with any dental implant procedure, it’s incredibly important to recognize that you’ll need to have good oral health overall to receive them. You’ll also need to have good gum health as it plays a major role in how well your implants integrate with your existing oral structures. You’ll need to discontinue the use of all tobacco products as they can affect the healing process. With that said, advancements in implant dentistry over the years have made it so more people are becoming eligible for dental implants than ever before. We’ll perform a detailed exam of your mouth to confirm your eligibility.
The Implant-Retained Dentures Procedure
After performing a detailed exam to confirm your eligibility, we’ll begin the planning process. This gives us time to determine which teeth need to be replaced and gather the materials necessary to ensure the most successful treatment outcome. On the day of your surgery, Dr. Grant will administer local anesthetic to make you comfortable, then open up small portions of your gum tissue in order to place the implants. After they have been secured, he’ll close your gum tissue and give them plenty of time to heal. After about four to six months of healing, you’ll come back to have the abutments (connector) placed so the final restoration will have a stable foundation. Finally, once an additional two weeks or so of healing have occurred, the final denture will be fitted.
Benefits Of Combining Dentures & Dental Implants
When you choose implant-retained dentures over traditional dentures, you’re getting a tooth replacement that not only feels more natural, but lasts much longer on average. In fact, your implants should last 30 years or longer when you take proper care of them. Furthermore, eating foods with confidence is much easier, even if they are tough, crunchy or chewy, which cannot be said for dentures without implants. Finally, if you want to maintain your facial appearance and prevent premature sagging, dental implants stimulate blood flow, which gives your facial tissue additional elasticity.