Once you’ve lived with any number of missing teeth, you instantly understand just how important it is to have a complete and fully functional smile. Receiving a set of dentures certainly offers its fair share of benefits, as the prosthetics can restore up to 30% of your original chewing capacity. The problem is that they typically become worn and either need to be replaced or repaired within 10 years of their fabrication. Instead of just settling for another set of dentures, many people are choosing the route of implant dentures. Are they worth it, though? Continue reading to find out!
What are Implant-Retained Dentures?
While traditional dentures only rest above the gum line, implant-retained dentures require surgical insertion. Typically, a dentist will place four to six titanium implants per arch. The strategically spaced and angled implants allow for a minimally invasive procedure, followed with the addition of dentures that securely snap into position.
The Advantages of Receiving Implant-Retained Dentures
Because implant-retained dentures are anchored in place, instead of merely floating above the gums, you won’t have to worry about them slipping or falling out your mouth. Here are some of the other benefits of implant placement:
- No pain – Implant-retained dentures aren’t subject to slipping, so you won’t have to worry about developing sores or experiencing uncomfortable gum irritation.
- Greater functionality – Traditional dentures typically restore up to 30% of the original chewing capacity. With implant-retained dentures, you can expect to regain 75% or more of your chewing power.
- A natural look – Given that traditional dentures rest above the gum line, they tend to create an unnatural looking smile. Because of the realistic appearance of implant-retained dentures, you’ll feel compelled to show your ivories more often.
- Less of a hassle to clean – Before going to bed, traditional dentures must be removed for soaking and to allow the gums to recover. There’s no need for any cumbersome removal and re-insertion with implant-retained dentures. You’ll simply perform dental hygiene like you normally would with your natural teeth.
Taking the Next Step
Now that you’re more informed about the implant denture process, what are the next steps you should take? It starts with contacting an implant dentist to schedule a visit. To determine your eligibility for the procedure, you’ll undergo a thorough dental examination to assess the condition of your oral health. The dentist will also check to see how much healthy jawbone mass remains, as to ensure that each implant will seat and fuse properly to create a sturdy and lasting foundation.
This will also give you an opportunity to ask any questions you may have so that you can feel comfortable with your decision. Once you’re given the green light to proceed, you can move forward with achieving a completely functional and attractive smile!
About the Author
Dr. Jeffrey Sprout earned his dental degree from the University of Colorado School of Dentistry. Throughout his career, he has pursued advanced postgraduate training, completing several hours of continuing education courses in implant dentistry. Dr. Sprout enjoys helping patients upgrade their smiles with implant-retained dentures at Evergreen Dental Group, and he can be reached for more information or to schedule a visit through his website.