Many patients who need to wear dentures often complain that the appliances are constantly slipping and falling out. Dentures that continually slip and move aren’t just uncomfortable, but they can also be incredibly embarrassing when you’re talking to other people. For this reason, implant dentures are the preferred choice for a more secure and stable fit.
What are Implant Dentures?
Implant dentures are exactly as the name implies: a denture that is secured into place by dental implants. They are used when a person doesn’t have any teeth in the jaw, but does have enough bone in the jaw to support implants. Implants are surgically placed underneath the gums and into the bone. Once healed, you are able to snap the dentures into place so that they stay put all throughout the day. The dentures can then be removed when and where you want by simply unsnapping them from the implants.
Who is a good candidate for Implant Dentures?
There are several reasons why you may want to consider implant dentures over regular dentures. The right candidate for this particular procedure and appliance is:
- You want a more secure-fitting denture
- You’re tired of your dentures always falling out or slipping
- You want a more natural-looking smile
What to expect when having them made
Implant dentures have to be made in a special way so that they fit snugly around your implants. Because of this, implants often have to heal enough so that impressions can be made around them. Once these impressions are made, your new dentures can be crafted and you will be able to wear them with confidence. The implants usually are placed in the jawbone at the front of your mouth because there tends to be more bone in the front of the jaw than in the back.
Once a specialized treatment plan has been made there will be two surgeries that will need to be done in order to receive your implant dentures. The first will be the placing of the metal rods of the implants. The dentist will drill a hole in jawbone and place the titanium rods into the created space. The implants will then need to fuse together with your natural bone, which usually takes about three months to fully fuse. Once fused the second portion of the surgery will happen. This is when the dentures will be placed on top of the implants and permanently cemented in. You will leave our office with a brand new smile!
If you are interested in implant dentures, or would like to learn more about this procedure contact us today!