Implant-Retained Dentures - Rock Hill, SC
Say Good-Bye to Slipping and Irritation
Missing all your teeth in one or both arches drastically change your quality of life. Not only did you lose your confidence along with your teeth but also your ability to chew many of your favorite foods. You may have also noticed it is more difficult to speak clearly, and you also appear older than your true age. Traditional dentures can restore your oral functions to some degree, but they never truly look or feel natural. As an alternative, you can enjoy a treatment that closely mimics what nature gave you. At Coombs & Ross Family Dentistry, we can help you experience the difference with implant-retained dentures from our Rock Hill, SC dentist.
How Do Implant-Retained Dentures Work?
New innovations in dentistry have improved the fit and aesthetics of traditional dentures, which are held in place using suction or an adhesive. Despite these advancements, there are still limitations to their function. As an alternative to conventional treatments, you can secure your denture using dental implants.
Implant posts are strategically placed into your jawbone to act as new tooth roots while also anchoring your denture in place. This allows you to enjoy a variety of benefits that are not possible using traditional dentures.
Am I a Candidate for Implant-Retained Dentures?
If you are missing all your natural teeth in one or both arches, you may be a candidate for implant-retained dentures. You can permanently eliminate slipping and irritation by choosing dental implants to hold your denture in place.
Generally, if you have good oral and general health, you are a candidate for dental implants; however, you still need a consultation with your dentist. Besides a visual examination, a CT scan is used to assess your jawbone. Depending on the results of the examination, we will create a customized treatment plan to rebuild your smile.
The Implant-Retained Dentures Procedure
It is common to need additional procedures before your implant placement surgery, such as bone grafting or a sinus lift. After the foundation is set for your new smile, you are scheduled for the first phase of your treatment. Sedation or anesthesia is used to place your implant posts into your jawbone. Depending on the type of implant-retained denture you are using, we may fit you with a temporary denture the same day.
Over the next several months, the implant posts stimulate new bone growth in your jaw. Your jawbone fuses to the posts to create a stable foundation for your denture. After adequate healing has occurred, your custom-made denture is attached to the posts using special fixtures called abutments.
Benefits of Combining Dentures & Dental Implants
Dental implants allow you to enjoy several advantages that are not achievable using a traditional denture, including:
- 95% success rate.
- Regain as much as 70% of your biting force.
- Looks and feels natural.
- Preserves your jawbone’s density.
- Supports your facial structures.
- Easy maintenance and care.
- Long-term, cost-effective
Implant-Retained Dentures FAQs
Have you been using a denture for a very long time? If so, you may already know about the setbacks that come with using one, especially in the long-term. If you wish that your prosthesis were not only more reliable, but more natural-looking, then an implant-retained denture is likely the best option for you. If you’re brand-new to this treatment, feel free to look over the most common questions our practice hears (as well as our detailed answers).
Can my current denture fit on top of dental implants?
This really depends on the current condition of your existing denture. For example, if your denture is relatively new, it may be able to be retrofitted or modified to fit onto dental implants. However, if this is not the case, a new denture will be designed and fabricated.
Are implant-retained dentures fixed or removable?
Implant-retained dentures can be either fixed or removable depending on your preference. Choosing a fixed prosthesis means that only the dentist will be able to safely remove it. However, if your denture is removable, that means you’ll need to take it out for routine cleaning like you would a traditional denture, which some people prefer.
How many implants need to be placed?
Generally, implant-retained dentures require anywhere between four and six dental implants to be held in place. With that said, if you are providing foundation for a partial denture, you will probably need fewer dental implants to keep it stable.
Are implant-retained dentures safe?
Our office partners with a trusted dental implant specialist to perform the surgical portion of your treatment. When treatment is performed by a professional, you can expect your tooth replacement process to be 100% safe. Additionally, we take all the necessary steps to ensure your gum and bone health are accounted for before any phase of treatment is completed.
How long do implant-retained dentures last?
When properly taken care of, an implant-retained denture can last for as long as 20 years and even longer. This is a significant difference from how long the average traditional denture lasts, which is usually between five and seven years.
Will my new denture “feel” like real teeth?
Absolutely! Dental implants are meant to mimic tooth roots in almost every way possible, meaning they will feel just as much like regular teeth as your natural teeth did. This also means you can expect renewed biting strength, making it easier to chew your favorite foods with confidence.
How do I take care of my implant-retained denture?
Always brush twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste and floss at least once a day. Use a dedicated water flosser to remove food debris from underneath the denture more easily. You’ll still need to maintain regular dental checkups at our office every six months.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you are ready to invest in your quality of life, contact our dental office today to schedule your consultation for implant-retained dentures.