Implant Retained Dentures
You have lost all or most of your teeth and you are finding it difficult to chew food. Do not be disheartened since there are some wonderful solutions in prosthodontics that can help you regain a healthy smile. Conventional dentures are a thing of past in the field of dentistry since they are very inconvenient to wear and do not aid in biting and chewing functions to a great extent. Our dentist recommends implant-retained dentures over normal dentures because of their benefits and functionality. Our office in Surprise, AZ has restored lost teeth in many patients who are proud of their healthy smiles today. Do you have a missing tooth/teeth? Make an appointment and visit our dentist. Our restorations can help you regain your lost confidence.
Implant-retained dentures – How they are different?
Conventional dentures are supported by gum tissues. An adhesive or a bonding agent is used to keep the denture in place. Implant-retained dentures are supported by dental implants. Just like conventional dentures, they have a replica of gum tissues made of acrylic and artificial teeth made of porcelain. The positions for placement of dental implants are carefully planned. The restoration can be supported by about 4 dental implants. Different types of attachment mechanism can be used to attach dentures to dental implants. Implant-retained dentures have the following good qualities.
- Comfortable to wear
- Highly stable
- No adhesives required
- Gives more confidence to smile
Implant-retained dentures – Restoration process
Teeth restoration using implant-retained dentures may require several dental visits. Our periodontist initially checks the oral health of the patient and evaluates the condition of the supporting bone. The patient should have sufficient supporting bone in the front and other areas where the implant position is planned. The treatment is scheduled and the patient is informed about the process.
The first step is to place dental implants. We use local anesthesia to surgically place the dental implants in the supporting bone. Once in place, our dental professional sutures the gums and leaves the implants to heal. Temporary dentures, which are designed in a manner not to put a load on the implants, are provided. The implants take few months to heal. After the implants heal, they are covered with abutments.
The second stage depends on the design of the implant-retained dentures. Ball-retained or bar-retained dentures can be used. Based on the positions of the implants, the attachment is designed and put in place. The dentures are tried to check fit. On confirmation of fit, the removable dentures are attached in place. On the advise of our dentist in Surprise, a patient has to visit our dental office periodically to check if there are any changes in the fit.