If you have lost all of your teeth and are fully edentulous, you may wonder what your options for tooth replacement are. Of course, you can get dentures. They are for the fully edentulous upper and/or lower dental arch. Dentures are removable and are held in place via denture adhesive and natural suction. Dentures sometimes can slip, move, or rub, and if you wear them for an extended period of time, your jawbone can shrink and they can become loose and need readjustment. However, if you are interested in something more long-term and stable, an implant-retained denture may be what you are looking for.
What Is An Implant Retained Denture?
Implant-retained dentures are dentures that are attached to dental implant posts which are surgically placed into your jawbone. Generally, two to four implants are strategically placed, and the dentures are designed to snap onto the implant posts. The advantages of this type of denture include:
- A cost-effective way of replacing all of your teeth.
- The ability to eat a variety of healthy foods.
- The ability to speak and smile without embarrassment.
- The dentures and implants support your lips which helps minimize wrinkles around the mouth.
- Dental implants stimulate the jawbone which keeps it healthy and strong, and
- Dental implants help maintain your facial structure so you will not get that sunken-in, aged look.
- Because the dentures are attached to the implants, denture adhesives or pastes are not needed to keep the denture in place.
- The discomfort and embarrassment associated with movement, rubbing, or slippage is eliminated.
- They provide comfort and long-term stability.
If you have been fully edentulous for some time, Dr. Huffstutler will provide a complete evaluation of your jawbone health. Your jawbone must be dense enough and strong enough to support implant placement. If it is not, a bone graft may be required as a prerequisite to implant treatment.