Regain Confidence and Comfort: The Advantages of Implant Retained Dentures
Do you find yourself looking in the mirror at a space where a tooth, or multiple teeth, should be but isn't anymore?
Missing teeth can cause many issues, including self-esteem issues, speaking challenges, and eating challenges. If you're missing a tooth, or multiple teeth, you aren't alone. According to the American College of Prosthodontists , around 178 million people in the US are missing at least 1 tooth.
The good news, though, is that there are solutions! While it's common for people to think of traditional dentures as the best solution, did you know there is an alternative option?
Implant retained dentures, also known as implant-supported dentures, provide a more stable and secure fit compared to traditional dentures and can help bring back your confidence to eat, speak, and smile with ease!
Let's talk about what implant retained dentures are, their benefits, and if you're a good candidate for them.
What are Implant Retained Dentures?
Implant Retained dentures are a type of denture that is anchored in place by dental implants instead of resting directly on your gums like traditional dentures. The implants used are small titanium screws placed directly into the jawbone, where they fuse with the bone over time. They provide a more stable foundation for the dentures to be attached to through special connectors designed to adhere to the screws. The dentures can be removable or fixed in place, depending on your preferences and specific needs.
Implant Retained Denture Benefits
We love discussing dental options that offer many benefits, and these are no different!
Implant retained dentures offer several benefits compared to traditional dentures, including:
- More Stability: Implant retained dentures are securely anchored to the implants, so they won't slip or move around like traditional dentures.
- Improved Comfort: Implant retained dentures are more comfortable to wear than traditional dentures because they don't put pressure directly on the gums.
- Improved Speech: With implant retained dentures, you can speak more clearly and confidently because you don't have to worry about your dentures slipping or moving around.
- Better Eating: Implant retained dentures allow you to eat a wider variety of foods because they provide a stronger bite force.
Who Is A Good Candidate For Implant Retained Dentures?
If you're missing one or more teeth and looking for an option that offers more stability compared to traditional dentures, you may be an ideal candidate for implant retained dentures! However, like any dental treatment, there are a few factors to consider.
You should already have healthy gums and good jawbone density to support the implants. If you've experienced any bone loss or degeneration, you'll likely need a bone graft before getting retained dentures to help build up your jawbone strength.
It's also worth noting that you should prioritize good oral hygiene habits and commit to regular dental checkups before getting implants and afterward. Implant retained dentures require proper oral care and maintenance to ensure they are long-lasting and effective, just like regular teeth!
Implant retained dentures provide a more secure, stable, and comfortable option compared to traditional dentures. If you're considering this option, contact our office today and speak with one of our friendly team members to get more information and schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you get your smile back!