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If you have experienced extensive tooth loss, you may be thinking about getting traditional dentures. But did you know that a superior alternative may be available to you? Implant-retained dentures are sturdier and longer-lasting than their traditional counterparts. If you are interested in learning whether this innovative tooth replacement solution could help you, contact Dr. Trantham’s team today to schedule a consultation.
How Do Implant-Retained Dentures Work?
Traditional dentures rely on natural suction or a mild adhesive to remain secure in the mouth. Implant-retained dentures, on the other hand, are anchored in the jawbone via small titanium cylinders. The implants are placed at strategic locations throughout the bone, providing maximum support with as few implants as possible.
Some patients opt for permanently fixed dentures that are screwed onto the implants. Others choose to receive overdentures, which “snap” onto little attachments on top of the implants and can be removed anytime. In some cases, a traditional denture can be retrofitted to act as an overdenture.
Am I a Candidate for Implant-Retained Dentures?
The best way to find out whether implant-retained dentures are right for you is to schedule an appointment with your implant dentist in Melbourne. Dr. Trantham will speak to you about your tooth replacement options and recommend the treatment that best fits your circumstances.
In general, candidates for implant-retained dentures:
- Have lost all or most of their teeth throughout an arch
- Have adequate bone height and density to support dental implants
- Have no major oral or systemic health concerns that could endanger the implants’ success
- Stick to excellent oral hygiene habits that will promote the long-term viability of their implants
The Implant-Retained Dentures Procedure
If you are a good candidate for dental implants in Melbourne, we’ll plot out your treatment course. Some patients require preparatory work, such as extractions, gum disease treatment, or a bone graft before they can receive implants. Once your mouth is ready, the implants will be placed in the jawbone.
In most cases, a healing period of several months is necessary after the placement procedure. This time allows the implants to form a strong bond with the tissue around them. When the implants are ready, we will attach abutments to them, design and create your denture, and finally provide you with your new, beautiful teeth.
Benefits of Combining Dentures & Dental Implants
Implant-retained dentures offer a number of outstanding benefits:
- Since dental implants support bone health, they help the jaw to maintain its shape and strength.
- Implant-retained dentures may last for decades. Traditional dentures usually need to be replaced every five to eight years or so.
- The bite force that implant-retained dentures provide is similar to that of natural teeth, which enables patients to eat practically any food without taking special precautions.
- Implant-retained dentures do not slip out of place during eating or speaking.
- Maintaining implant-retained dentures is neither complex nor time-consuming. In many ways, caring for them is similar to caring for natural teeth.
Our dedicated team genuinely looks forward to serving your every oral healthcare need. Send us an email or call today for a consultation, and discover the difference our patient-centric approach can make in your next dental experience.