Implant-Retained Dentures – Beverly, MA
A Sturdy Foundation for Your New Smile
You never think that you’ll end up missing all of your teeth, but that’s sadly the case for about 40 million Americans. If you’re among that population, you may have chosen a traditional full denture to restore your smile. While modern dental technology has vastly improved the fit and aesthetics of dentures, they still end up losing their fit over the years, requiring you to replace them. This can get expensive over time. One easy way to eliminate this hassle is with implant dentures. Using this treatment, we can provide a sturdy foundation for your new smile.
How Do Implant-Retained Dentures Work?
Conventional dentures replace the crowns of your teeth by sitting on top of the gums. They are secured in place by a natural suction against the gums and, if need be, denture adhesive. Thanks to advancements in dentistry, today’s dentures are more comfortable and lifelike than ever, but they’re still not perfect.
Implant-retained dentures eliminate the inconveniences of their traditional counterparts. An average of four to eight dental implants are placed at certain angles throughout your jawbone to serve as the new roots of your teeth. This also anchors your denture to your jaw, allowing it to be “permanent.” You should never again have to worry about your teeth slipping around in your mouth.
Am I A Candidate for Implant-Retained Dentures?
If you have lost all of your teeth on your top and/or bottom arch and you were unsatisfied with conventional dentures, you may be a candidate for implant-retained dentures. However, the long-term success of this treatment depends on your body’s ability to integrate the implant posts with your jawbone. As a result, you may need a bone graft beforehand, especially if you have been missing teeth for years. Additionally, you shouldn’t smoke, as that can hinder the integration process.
The Implant-Retained Dentures Procedure
The process of getting implant-retained dentures will take place over several appointments, beginning with an initial consultation. During that first appointment, we will go over a personalized treatment timeline and determine whether any preliminary procedures, like bone grafting or gum disease treatment, are needed.
For the implant placement procedure, your oral surgeon will make a small incision in the gumline to access the jawbone. Tiny holes are drilled into the jawbone, into which the implants are placed at strategic angles to provide maximum bone stimulation. After your gum tissue is closed back up, you will spend the next several months healing while the implant posts fuse with your jawbone. In the meantime, you might be fitted with a temporary denture.
After the foundation for your new smile is created, metal connector pieces called abutments are placed on top of your implants, which are used to secure your dentures into place.
Benefits of Combining Dentures & Dental Implants
There is no shortage of advantages to using dental implants to anchor your dentures. Some of these benefits include:
- A success rate of more than 95%
- Looking and feeling perfectly natural
- Regaining up to 70% of your original biting force
- Jawbone preservation, keeping your face looking young and vibrant
- Support for your facial muscles
- The potential to last for several decades
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If you’re ready to enjoy eating, talking, and smiling just like you used to when you had all of your natural pearly whites, just give us a call today. We look forward to revitalizing your smile!