Implant retained dentures offer you a support structure you can rely on. While a regular denture rests on the gums, an implant retained denture is used when a patient doesn’t have any teeth in the jaw, but has enough bone in the jaw to support implants. An implant retained denture gains its stability by relying on special attachments that snap onto attachments on the implants. The benefits of implant-supported dentures are: increased stability, better security–you don’t have to worry about the denture falling out, and improved speech capabilities. Patients also love the kinds of foods they can return to eating that they couldn’t eat before. Learn about the amazing benefits of implant retained dentures and how our team at Niles Family Dentistry can help you gain confidence in your smile again!
First, What Are They?
An implant retained denture is a type of overdenture that gains its stability by fixed implant anchors in your mouth. Traditional dentures lack these fixed supports. Implant dentures are needed when a patient is lacking teeth in the jaw, but has adequate jawbone to support implants. Dentures are made from an acrylic material that blends in with your gums. Porcelain or acrylic teeth are fastened to the base and resemble natural teeth in appearance and functionality. Dr. Niles can consult with you on the different kinds (ball-retained dentures vs. bar retained) of implant retained dentures available to you. Your particular oral needs will drive which form will be most effective for you.
Are You A Candidate for Implant Retained Dentures?
To determine if you are a candidate for implant retained dentures, Dr. Niles will conduct a thorough exam and review your dental and medical histories. A computed tomography (CT) scan of your mouth can help Dr. Niles get a better look at where your sinuses (located above your upper teeth) and nerves are. This exam also helps her make sure your sinuses and nerves will not be affected by the implants. CT scans also show her how much viable bone is available for treatment to help determine the optimum location for the implants. X-rays and impressions will help facilitate the decision-making process and are also used for creating your dentures if you qualify for this kind of treatment.
Implant Retained Dentures – Daily Maintenance
When deciding if implant retained dentures are for you, it is important to understand what you are committing to. Implant retained dentures are not difficult to take care of, but they do require that you commit to cleaning them daily and keeping your gums healthy through daily oral hygiene methods. Cleaning around the attachments is important for safeguarding your mouth from tooth decay. You should not sleep with the implant retained dentures at night. The clip (or other attachments on the bar-retained denture typically need replacement every 6 to 12 months because the plastic material (nylon) breaks down after continued use.
The Stability of Implant Retained Dentures
Your implant retained denture offers much more stability than a regular denture which is why they are so popular. Speech improves, the ability to eat improves, and you are able to reintroduce foods that you couldn’t eat with regular dentures. (You will still have to watch out for crunchy foods that can break or damage your dentures, but other than that, you can eat almost anything!)
Implant retained dentures in your upper jaw also come with the added benefit that they can be fabricated to cover less of the roof of your mouth than regular dentures. The fixed anchors from the implants hold the denture in place so you don’t need to rely on the suction method regular dentures employ.
Call for an Implant Retained Dentures Consultation
If you are interested in learning more about the amazing benefits of implant retained dentures and our services call Niles Family Dentistry today to make an appointment. Implant retained dentures will improve your ability to chew, eat, and speak and give you the security of knowing that your prosthetic teeth will not slip or move around in your mouth. Call today for a consultation at (720) 744-0001. Niles Family Dentistry serves the families of the Niwot, Longmont & Boulder communities. We look forward to meeting you and your family.