You may not be keen on the idea of dentures because you are worried they will move around in your mouth or come loose when you least expect it. If that’s the case, implant retained dentures could be the perfect solution.
Unlike traditional dentures which rest on your gums, implant-retained dentures are affixed to a dental implant in the jawbone, which gives them greater stability. The dentures come with attachments that fix securely onto the permanent implants, allowing you to remove them whenever you need to.
If you are missing teeth as a result of tooth decay, trauma or age, denture implants could be an option to consider. The Ace Dental team will be able to assess whether you are a good candidate for the treatment.
It is more common for implant-retained dentures to be used for those who have missing lower teeth rather than upper teeth. That’s because regular dentures tend to be less stable on the lower jaw when compared to the upper jaw. However, implant-retained dentures can effectively replace missing teeth on both the upper and lower jaw.
Most denture wearers will agree that the main disadvantage of regular dentures is that they often shift position. This causes discomfort as well as affecting speech and limiting the types of food you can eat. Implant-retained dentures have several advantages, including:
The first step will be a thorough consultation and a scan of your jaw to make sure that implant-retained dentures are the correct solution for you. Your dentist will place a small implant into the jawbone to hold your dentures in place.
Your dentist will then secure your new dentures to the implant.
It will take time for your mouth to adjust and for your bone to fuse with the implant. You may be given a temporary set of dentures before returning for a follow-up appointment to have your permanent, custom-made dentures fitted.
Just like your natural teeth, you will need to properly clean and look after your new dentures. You will need to remove them to clean your entire mouth properly, including around the implants. It is not advised to sleep in your dentures. You will also need to keep up with your regular dental check-ups. As long as you look after them, implant-retained dentures will look and feel like your real teeth whenever you wear them – helping you to better enjoy your food and your life and to gain new-found confidence for many years to come.