Implant-Retained Dentures - Evansville, WI
Stabilize Your Smile with Dental Implants
Despite the latest innovations in dentistry, tooth loss is a common problem. In fact, at least 35 million Americans have lost all their natural teeth in one or both arches. Traditionally, a full denture is used to treat complete tooth loss. They’ve undergone several improvements to enhance their fit and function; however, they will always have their limitations. You’re not out of options. You can enjoy a nearly perfect replica of your natural smile using the support of dental implants to stabilize your denture.
How Do Implant-Retained Dentures Work?
A traditional denture has been used for over 100 years to replace an entire arch of missing teeth. An acrylic base holds custom-made prosthetic teeth. The arch is held to your gum tissue using suction or an adhesive. This restores your ability to chew, speak, and smile confidently, but your denture will never truly feel natural.
As an alternative, many patients are choosing to rebuild their smiles with implant-retained dentures. An average of 4-10 dental implants are inserted into the jawbone to act as new tooth roots. Your denture is attached to the posts via abutments, permanently eliminating any slipping or irritation.
Am I a Candidate for Implant-Retained Dentures?
If you’ve experienced significant tooth loss in one or both arches, and you didn’t achieve the results you wanted with a traditional treatment, you might be a candidate for implant dentures. Dr. White will perform a thorough consultation to assess your oral and general health to ensure dental implants are the right option for you.
The Implant-Retained Dentures Procedure
Depending on the results of your CT scan taken during your initial consultation, you might have needed additional treatments, such as periodontal therapy or bone grafting. You must be fully healed from any previous treatments before undergoing your placement surgery.
Sedation or anesthesia is used to ensure you’re comfortable as your gum tissue is opened to expose your jawbone. Small holes are drilled into it to insert titanium posts. Your gum tissue is stitched closed, and you’ll spend the next several weeks healing. The posts stimulate new bone growth, allowing your jaw to fuse to them through a process called osseointegration. Once you’ve healed from your placement surgery, abutments are placed on each post to attach your custom-made denture.
Benefits of Combining Dentures & Dental Implants
Replacing both the roots and the crowns of missing teeth allows you to enjoy a variety of benefits that aren’t possible with traditional prosthetics, such as:
- Over a 95% success rate.
- Looks and feels natural.
- Regain as much as 70% of your biting force.
- Preserves your jawbone.
- Supports your facial tissues.
- Stops slipping and irritation.
- Easy maintenance and care.
- Long-term, cost-effective option.
Schedule Your Consultation
You don’t have to settle for anything less than the best if you’ve lost your teeth. We have the advanced solutions you need to rehabilitate your smile. Contact our office today to see if you’re a candidate for implant-retained dentures.