Are you not fully satisfied with your dentures? While they may do a good job helping you smile, it’s a common issue for them to shift while in use. Eating is typically still difficult and the embarrassment of them falling out while talking is still present.
According to dentists, there is a better way to make them fit. Dental implants in Harris County work to keep dentures fixed, only being removed when you visit the dentist!
What are Implant-Retained Dentures?
Dentures retained with dental implants are not that much different than their traditional counterparts. They are designed with an acrylic, gum-colored base and utilize porcelain teeth to make your smile as natural-looking as possible. The main difference is your denture is also fitted with spaces specifically for dental implants to fit into.
By using implants to stay in place, there’s no need for denture adhesive, metal clasps, or worrying about the denture adhering to the gums through suction; dental implants do all the work for you. This also means you won’t have the same maintenance when caring for your dentures. All you need to do is brush and floss normally; no more soaking your denture overnight.
How Do They Stay Integrated With Your Mouth?
Dental implants are designed to integrate with your existing bone and gum tissue. Thanks to the biocompatibility of titanium, which is what the implant itself utilizes, it can integrate with your bone without worry of rejection. As long as you avoid using tobacco products and carry a dedicated oral care routine, you can make them last for decades!
In the case of implant-retained dentures, the dentist strategically places four to six implants in the mouth at a time. Since you have implants, you’ll get all the benefits that come with them, even though you’re technically still wearing dentures. These benefits include:
- Bone stimulation, which prevents the jawbone from shrinking or resorbing back into the body
- Full biting strength
- Established blood flow, preventing premature facial sagging
- A smile you can rely on, meaning no more risk of your denture popping out unintentionally
Partial Vs. Full Dentures
Implant-retained dentures are a great solution to replacing multiple teeth at once. Not only can you get all the gaps in your smile replaced simultaneously, but you save money on replacing these gaps with individual implants, which is almost always more expensive.
If you only have a few teeth missing, particularly in a row, a partial fixed denture would be the most ideal solution. However, if you have an entire arch in need of replacing, especially for the lower jaw, a full denture would be the most effective solution.
Stop worrying about loose dentures in Harris County when you can retain them with implants! To learn more about the process, schedule an appointment today!
About the Author
Dr. Alan Arrington earned his dental degree at the Medical College of Georgia. Additionally, he’s taken over 150 hours of continuing education in bone grafting, implant placement, and implant restoration, all skills necessary for a successful implant procedure. To learn more about his practice, contact him through his website.