Greenville Texas – Complete Dental Care

Implant-Retained Dentures

Implant-retained dentures, in Greenville, Texas, are custom-tailored to be a permanent solution to missing teeth, without the hassle of being removable. They are implanted into your mouth by our dentist to help provide a long-lasting smile and a healthy mouth. Learn more today by contacting Complete Dental Care at 903-568-3732 and meet with Dr. Jackson A. Bean.

Are Implant Retained Dentures for you?

Losing your natural teeth impacts more than just your smile, it can impact your physical and emotional health also
  • Normal, everyday tasks like speaking clearly and eating become difficult.
  • You may try to hide your smile from those around you.
  • You might find that your other teeth start to shift.
  • You might have discomfort in your mouth and jaw that could cause headaches.

Dentures can help restore your smile and other concerns but are they right for you?

If you are looking for a stable, lasting solution for multiple missing teeth on both upper and lower sets, our dentist may recommend implant-supported dentures. Implant-retained dentures are very similar in form to traditional dentures; however, they are stabilized by dental implants.

Very often, denture wearers complain that dentures become loose and “float” around the mouth, limiting their ability to eat and speak comfortably. Implant dentures are a cost-effective solution, and in many cases, we can even retrofit an existing denture with implants.

Depending on your tooth or gum decay, you made need a bone graft to support the implants. This can require more surgery and a longer period of healing.

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The benefits of Implant Supported Dentures:

  • Improved Confidence : look, function and feel more like natural teeth
  • Stability During Eating : less likely to shift in your mouth, you don’t experience the floating that occurs with traditional dentures
  • Bone and Gum Preservation : preserves function and appearance, prevents the sunken-in appearance
  • Improved Dental Hygiene : more hygienic and easier to maintain
  • Improved Esthetics : customized for a natural look
  • Nutritional Benefits : able to have a more regular, well balanced diet
  • Comfort: since the dentures fit better, they are more comfortable and have less friction

The process:

Determining what attachment is best for you:

Missing your lower teeth:

  • Ball Attachment: Uses as few as two dental implants as anchors. Full set of dentures will snap in place.
  • Bar Attachment: Uses two-to-six implants to anchor dentures. A custom support bar is fixed to the dental implants and the dentures snap into place. Offers little shifting and movement when you eat or talk.
  • Screw-Retained Denture: The most permanent teeth replacement option. Uses 4 or more implants in your lower jaw. A complete set of dentures is placed with screws. They are very secure but can be harder to clean.

Missing your upper teeth:

  • The bones in the upper jaw differ from those in the lower jaw. While you still have options for upper teeth dentures, they are not the same as lower.  
  1. Initial Consultation: Have our dentist, Dr. Jackson A. Bean take a look at your teeth during a consultation. Dental scans are taken to get a better look and see what options might be the best for you. Impressions are also taken of your gums and teeth in order to create customized dentures if that is the best option for you.
    A consultation will help the dentist determine your bone quality and best placement for the implants.
  2. First surgery: the implants are placed in the jawbone. The incisions are sutured. Temporary dentures are placed to avoid unnecessary pressure on the implants.
  3. Second surgery: takes place about 4-6 months later in order to allow for the bone and implant to fuse together. An x-ray is taken to ensure proper fusion. A healing collar or healing cap is placed on the implants. 14 days after the healing caps are replaced and permanent dentures are created.
  4. Insertion: Titanium connectors are placed on the implants. Mock dentures are placed to check for adjustments. If no adjustments need to be made, your final dentures are created.
  5. Osseointregation: The process of the bone and implants fusing together. Upper implants usually take five to six months to heal. Lower implants usually take four to six months to heal.

Maintenance / Care of Your Dentures:

If your dentures are not screwed in place:

It’s vital that you brush the gums, tongue and roof of your mouth daily prior to wearing them. Rinse your dentures before brushing them. Soak your dentures in solution if possible.

If your dentures are fixed:

Make sure that you are brushing completely around the teeth and gums. This will help prevent infections and other dental diseases.

Summary:

The first step in anchoring your denture with dental implants is the placement of the implants. The dental implants are surgically inserted into the jawbone in order to securely anchor your denture. While the specific number of implants required will depend on your individual needs, most cases require two to four dental implants per denture. Once the implants have been placed and allowed sufficient healing time, your denture is attached on top. Implants provide your denture with exceptional stability. In fact, many patients report that their implant-retained dentures feel and function like their natural teeth.

If you would like more information about implant-supported dentures or wish to schedule your next visit with our dentist, we welcome you to call or visit our office today.

References:

4 Tips for Caring for Your Implant Supported Dentures. (n.d.). High Plains Periodontics. https://highplainsperio.com/blog/4-tips-for-caring-for-your-implant-supported-dentures/

European Denture. (2021, September 16). Implant-Retained Dentures: Benefits, Examples, and Cost. European Denture Center. https://eurodenture.com/blog/implant-retained-dentures/

Implant Retained Dentures. (n.d.). Dentures + Implant Solutions. https://www.dentalservice.net/dentures/implant-retained-dentures/

Vermes, K. (2020, March 23). What You Need to Know About Snap-In Dentures. Healthline. https://www.healthline.com/health/snap-in-dentures#maintenance