Implant Retained Dentures
Implant Supported Denture
Dentures have long been used to replace missing teeth. However, despite being custom fitted for every patient, dentures are still prone to movement in the mouth making chewing and speaking both difficult and embarrassing. With implant retained dentures, dental patients can eat and speak normally without worrying about their dentures slipping or falling out. Patients who are fitted with implant retained dentures have small dental implants embedded in the bone beneath their gums. These implants fuse to the jaw over time, providing an anchor for removable dentures.
Did you know…
Traditional dentures are formed to fit the gums. Over time, the bone beneath the gums will deteriorate, causing dentures to lose their fit. With implant supported dentures, the denture is attached to implants instead of resting on the gums. There is no cosmetic difference in traditional and implant-retained dentures – only added comfort and stability for the wearer.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for implant retained dentures?
You will need a consultation to find out if you are a candidate for implant support dentures. To qualify, you must have adequate bone mass to support the implants. Dr. King will take x-rays and make impressions of your teeth and gums to determine whether implant retained dentures are right for you.
What should I expect during the implant process?
The entire process from start to finish takes many months to ensure the procedure is successful. During the initial surgery, implants are placed at the front of the jaw and the gums sutured shut. You will go home to heal and allow the implant to fuse to the surrounding bone. Several months later, the gums are re-opened to expose the implant beneath. Dr. King will then place a cap atop each implant, which will serve as an abutment for your dentures.
How should I care for my new implant-retained dentures?
Implant-retained dentures require daily maintenance, including removal for cleaning and proper storage. The abutments will also need to be cleaned each day. Properly cared for, dental implants can last for up to 25 years or more.