Traditional dentures are capable of providing patients a quick and simple solution for extensive tooth loss without surgery. However, sometimes the drawbacks are too much and an alternative solution is needed. That’s where advanced and comprehensive implant-retained dentures come into play. When your current denture is no longer fitting your mouth properly, implant-retained dentures from Dr. Aten and Dr. Brown make chewing and smiling easy for years to come. To learn more, contact our office today!
Traditionally, a denture would be held in place either through the natural suction of the gums or through hooks that attach to neighboring teeth. In contrast, implant-retained dentures are designed to snap onto dental implants placed inside the jawbone. The result is a restoration that is more stable and easier to maintain. Additionally, patients can choose between a fixed option which is designed to stay on teeth indefinitely, or a removable option often referred to as an “overdenture.”
If you’ve been missing teeth for a long period of time, there’s a possibility that the bone inside your jaw has begun to resorb. This means that additional treatments may be needed for successful placement, such as bone grafts. After bone has properly bonded with your existing jaw, we can reconsider your eligibility for dental implants.
Receiving an implant-retained denture typically takes about four visits to complete, but this can vary depending on the case. During the initial visit, our dentists will examine your teeth and perform X-rays to determine your eligibility. If you’re a viable candidate, we’ll begin planning your treatment and schedule your surgery date. During the surgery, you’ll be given anesthetic to numb your mouth and we’ll place the implants inside your jaw. You’ll be given a temporary denture to wear while your permanent denture is being created.
Over the next couple weeks, your gums will heal over the implants. Once fully healed, we’ll place abutments on top of implants and take an impression of your gums. This way, the permanent denture will have a stable foundation for long-term use. During your fourth and final appointment, the dentist will place the permanent denture onto the implants and make any additional adjustments as needed.
After your implant-retained denture in South Burlington is placed, you can expect: