An implant retained denture is a denture secured in place by using two or more dental implants. These dentures may be removed by the patient.
Dental implants can extend chewing function
A person's chewing ability with conventional complete dentures is only about 15% as efficient as with natural teeth. Implant retained dentures allow a patient to function normally.
Prior to the advent of implants, a patient who had lost all of their teeth was limited to wearing complete dentures. The stability and retention of those dentures was unpredictable. Fit and function are less efficient with age and degeneration of the jaw.
With the use of as few as two implants we are now able to construct a removable denture which snaps into place and provides excellent retention and stability.
Full or partial dentures can be fitted to titanium posts that are implanted directly into the jaw bone.
Implant retained denture process
A consultation with Dr. Garelick will allow them to determine the best course of treatment for the patient. Once decided, dental impressions are made and the chosen number of dental implants are placed. After the dental implants are healed and solidly in place, the fixed or removable dentures are made and placed. Follow up visits are necessary to clean the implants just like one would clean natural teeth and to ensure that the dentures are performing as planned. Once made, these dentures will provide years of excellent service.
Implant retained denture process Time Table
- X ray
- Treatment plan
- Impressions & schedule CAT scan (if necessary)
- Place implant(s)
- follow up appointments to monitor healing including X rays
- Take impressions for custom implant abutment and denture and send to lab
- Place implant retained denture
Implant retained denture benefits
Implant retained dentures offer several benefits compared to traditional dentures:
- The dental implants hold dentures firmly in place so there is no rubbing or irritation
- Dentures don’t slip during biting, chewing or speaking
- Food shouldn’t be able to work its way under the dentures when you eat
- Implant retained dentures promote normal pressure on your bone tissue, reducing the rate of resorption (bone loss) in the jaw over time. Dental implants provide more stability for lower jaw dentures than traditional dentures.
Only patients with good jawbone density are candidates for oral implants. In some cases, the necessary bone support can be created through grafting.
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