The process for implant retained dentures

What is a denture?

A denture is a removable dental appliance that replaces all or some of a patient’s natural teeth. Dentures are fabricated from acrylic resin and can be all one color, or they can be custom made with several different teeth sizes, shapes, and colors.

Why replace missing teeth?

Teeth serve many important functions, including:

- Speech

- Eating

- Self-confidence

- Maintaining facial structure

When teeth are missing, these functions become difficult or even impossible to perform. The good news is that implants can make tooth replacement easier, more comfortable, and healthier.

What is an implant?

An implant is a small titanium post that is surgically inserted into the jawbone. Implants act as artificial tooth roots. They fuse to the bone, providing a sturdy foundation for replacement teeth.

Dental implants can be placed in either the upper or lower arch. They are an attractive option because they:

- Provide unrivaled stability

- Preserve tooth-supporting bone

- Are easy to maintain

- Improve chewing ability

- Can last a lifetime

What are implant retained dentures?

An implant retained denture differs from a traditional denture because it requires two or more dental implants. The implants themselves are placed beneath the gum line and serve as anchors for dentures. The implants also stimulate bone growth in the jaw, which helps preserve the natural shape of the face.

The process for implant retained dentures usually includes:

How does the procedure work?

After a consultation with your dentist, the decision to move forward with getting implant retained dentures will be made. Once that happens, you’ll start the process of placing dental implants.

First, your dentist will insert the implants into your jawbone. This process involves finding an implant placement location that matches up with your existing bone structure. The implant placement location is chosen based on the size, shape, and density of the jawbone.

Next, your dentist will attach the abutment to the dental implant. The abutment is what the implant will be held in place by the dentures.

The last step of the process is attaching your dentures to the implant. Your new denture will be held in place by the abutment. Once that is completed, you’ll walk out of your dentist’s office with a brand new set of implant retained dentures!

What are the benefits of implant retained dentures?

Implant retained dentures are a type of overdentures that are supported by dental implants. This type of denture typically lasts longer than a regular denture. If you are seeking a permanent solution for replacing missing teeth, then implant retained dentures may be right for you.

How long does it take?

Dental implants are surgically placed in your jawbone, which can take a few months to heal. During this time, your dentist will design your dentures to fit on top of the implants. After your implants heal, you will visit the office to have your dentures placed.

Are implant retained dentures painful?

Implant retained dentures are a more comfortable option over traditional dentures. These dentures are anchored to the jaw using implant posts that fuse with the bone. The posts encourage the natural bone to regrow, which helps the dentures be more comfortable and stable.


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