Ever heard of implant-retained dentures?
Are you struggling with missing teeth and the discomfort of traditional dentures? Are you looking for a more secure and long-term solution to restore your smile and improve your quality of life? If so, denture implants may be the ideal option for you! In this blog post, we will provide a comprehensive guide to implant-retained dentures, including what they are, how they work, their benefits, and what to expect during the treatment process.
So, what are implant retained dentures?
Implant-retained dentures, also known as implant-supported dentures, are dental prosthetics that are anchored securely to dental implants that are surgically placed in the jawbone. Dental implants are small titanium posts that are inserted into the jawbone to serve as artificial tooth roots. Over time, they fuse with the jawbone through a process called osseointegration, providing a stable and durable foundation for the dentures.
Implant-retained dentures are designed to replace multiple missing teeth or even a full arch of teeth in the upper or lower jaw. They can be used in both the upper and lower jaws, and can either be removable (overdentures) or fixed (fixed dentures) depending on the patient’s needs and preferences. Overdentures are designed to be removable, allowing for easy cleaning and maintenance, while fixed dentures are permanently attached to the implants and can only be removed by a dentist.
How do implant-retained dentures work?
Implant-retained dentures can be used to replace multiple missing teeth in either the upper or lower jaw. The number of implants needed will depend on various factors, such as the quality and quantity of the jawbone, the location of the missing teeth, and the patient’s oral health. Typically, four to six implants are used to support a full arch of dentures, while two to four implants may be used for a partial arch.
Once the implants are placed, a healing period is usually required to allow for integration to occur. During this time, temporary dentures may be worn. Once the implants have fully integrated with the jawbone, the permanent dentures are custom-fabricated to fit over the implants and securely attach to them. Depending on the type of implant-retained denture, the dentures may be removable for cleaning or permanently fixed in place.
What are the benefits of implant retained dentures?
Implant-retained dentures offer several advantages over traditional dentures, including:
Implant-retained dentures are securely anchored to dental implants, which eliminates the need for messy adhesives and prevents dentures from slipping or shifting during eating or speaking. This results in increased comfort and confidence, allowing you to eat, speak, and smile with ease.
Enhanced chewing function
Traditional dentures can make it challenging to bite and chew effectively. Implant-retained dentures provide a stable and secure foundation, allowing for better chewing function and the ability to enjoy a wider variety of foods.
Preservation of jawbone
When teeth are lost, the jawbone can start to deteriorate over time. Dental implants used in implant-retained dentures stimulate the jawbone, preventing bone loss and helping to maintain a more youthful facial structure.
With proper care and maintenance, implant-retained dentures can last for many years, providing a long-term solution for tooth replacement.
Convenience and aesthetics
Implant-retained dentures are designed to look and feel like natural teeth, providing an aesthetically pleasing appearance. They are also convenient to care for, as they can be cleaned like natural teeth without the need for removing and soaking dentures.
Are implant-retained dentures right for you?
Implant-retained dentures can be an excellent solution if you have lost multiple teeth and are looking for a stable and reliable way to restore your smile and functionality. However, to determine whether or not you’re a good fit for implant-retained dentures, here at Tumut Dental, we recommend you opt for a thorough evaluation by one of our qualified dentists.
If you’re concerned about the cost of these denture implants in Australia, then it may be a relief to know that we accept all health funds at our clinic and we’re a preferred provider for HCF.
Here at Tumut Dental, we specialise in implant-retained dentures, providing you with a stable and secure solution to restore your smile and functionality. No longer do you have to deal with uncomfortable dentures. Whether it’s upper or lower denture implants, smile with confidence with our quality implant-retained dentures services. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards regaining your oral health and your quality of life.