Implant-Retained Dentures – Denver, CO
Get a Complete Smile with Implant-Retained Dentures
With tooth loss, replacement is vital for the appearance of your smile, the condition of your mouth and even your general health. Missing teeth can lead to other problems such as periodontal disease, cavities in remaining teeth, a compromised diet and feelings of shame and embarrassment.
Luckily, there are a few good tooth replacement options. Thanks to dental implants in Denver, an oral surgeon can give you a new and perfect smile with implant-retained dentures. These combine the look of a complete smile from dentures and the security of dental implants.
Whether you have been wearing dentures for many years or about to receive dentures for the first time, you may be a candidate for implant retained dentures. We’ll assess your situation and help you decide whether or not implant retained dentures are the best choice for you.
What are Implant-Retained Dentures?
As the name suggests, dental implants hold these dentures in place.
Several implants are strategically placed along your jaw. Detailed X-rays help the oral surgeon in Denver know where to place the implants for greater bone density that will hold them firmly in place. A full denture typically requires at least four dental implants; a partial needs fewer implants to stay secure. Implant-retained dentures are most often used to replace teeth missing along the lower arch, because they are more likely to slip if not firmly secured.
What Are the Benefits of Implant-Retained Dentures?
In addition to holding your new teeth in place, dental implants offer other advantages, too. For example, they help to keep your jaw strong, healthy and full looking. A missing tooth means that there is also a missing root. Without a tooth root or a dental implant to provide stimulation, your jawbone begins to deteriorate. As a result, your facial structure might begin to change, leading to an older and more haggard appearance. Dental implants can help you avoid this unpleasant consequence of tooth loss.
What Happens After Implant Surgery?
Healing time depends on how may implants you receive, but typically requires between a few weeks to several months. During this time, a temporary overdenture will protect your gums and allow you to chew.
While you heal, the implants and surrounding bone tissue fuse together to form a strong foundation for your dentures. When the oral surgeon is certain the implants are secure, you’ll return to have you implant-retained dentures attached.