Implant Dentures – Inwood Village
Eat Your Favorite Foods & Smile with Confidence
Following partial or full tooth loss, you may be struggling to complete the most seemingly mundane daily tasks. Speaking to a coworker, laughing with a friend, and even eating nutritious meals can all be a real struggle. Removable partial and full dentures allow your dentist to restore the visual portions of the smile, but like other traditional tooth replacement options, the roots of your lost teeth are not replaced by removable dentures. At Inwood Village Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry, Todd Brownlee, DDS, offers complete dental implant supported tooth replacement options that restore the roots and crowns of missing teeth. From a single tooth to a full row of teeth, versatile implant-retained restoration options will seamlessly recreate your lost smile. When you’re ready to get started, call our dental office in Inwood Village to schedule a tooth replacement consultation. We’ll review all of your treatment options and help you find the solution that works best for you.
How Do Implant-Retained Dentures Work?
Traditional, removable dentures use gum colored base material to support numerous consecutive and nonconsecutive replacement teeth up to a full row. For partial tooth loss, a partial denture is used to close the gaps in the smile. Removable partials are held in place with connectors attached to remaining teeth. Without healthy teeth to provide support, traditional dentures are molded to fit against the soft tissue, creating suction that holds the denture in position. Implant dentures look much like their removable counterparts, but rather than relying on surrounding oral structures for support, these self-supporting restorations are anchored to tooth root-mimicking dental implants.
Am I A Candidate for Implant-Retained Dentures?
Thanks to advances in the techniques and technologies associated with implant tooth replacement, almost any patient is a good candidate for implant dentures. The ideal candidate would meet the following criteria:
- Good oral hygiene habits and commitment to maintaining oral health
- No tobacco usage
- Healthy enough for minor surgical procedures and/or given physician approval for treatment
- Have adequate gum and bone tissue to support implant posts or have received graft procedures to improve supportive structures
- Committed to completing a complex, multi-phase treatment plan that can take months, a year, or longer
The Implant-Retained Dentures Procedure
Replacing missing teeth with implant-retained dentures is a complex process with numerous steps that need to be considered. Every person’s treatment plan will be unique to the individual’s needs, but the basic process includes:
- Planning and preparation – we’ll create your treatment plan and provide any preparatory tooth extractions and tissue grafts
- Implant placement – we’ll surgical place dental implant posts to provide support for your partial or full denture
- Abutment attachment – after the implants fuse with the jawbone, we attach the abutments, which anchor your restoration to the implant posts, and we design your partial or full denture
- Restoration – after we receive your custom partial or full denture from our lab, you’ll return to the dental office, so we can affix your denture to the implants
Benefits of Combining Dentures & Dental Implants
Still not sure dental implant supported dentures are the best option for you? We encourage you to take your time and consider all aspects of this complex treatment before you move forward. As you’re considering your restoration options, keep the following benefits of implant-retained dentures in mind:
- Long-lasting – traditional dentures should be replaced at least every five to ten years for proper function. Implant dentures can last two decades or longer with proper care.
- Confidence-building – once in place, you implant denture will look just like natural, allowing you to speak and smile with total confidence.
- Flawless-functioning – removable dentures only allow you about 20% of healthy chewing function, which limits diet significantly. Implant dentures restore chewing ability by 70% or more, allowing you to eat your favorite foods.
- Easy-cleaning – you can brush your implant denture just like you would your healthy smile. No need to remove the denture for cleaning or store the prosthetic overnight.
- Self-supporting – removable dentures and other traditional tooth replacement prosthetics rely on support from healthy teeth and soft tissue. Because dental implants replace the lost roots of teeth, they are fully self-supporting, which protects surrounding teeth and oral structures from damage.