Implant-Retained Dentures – Houston, TX
More Stable, More Secure False Teeth
Dentures have been used for decades to replace missing teeth, and thanks to modern dental technology and techniques, they’re more comfortable, natural-looking and reliable than ever. That said, they can still slip and won’t do anything to prevent bone loss in the jaw. Fortunately, there’s an excellent alternative to traditional methods. At Sunrise Dental, we’re proud to offer implant-retained dentures that are secured in the mouth by expertly-placed dental implant posts. You can schedule a consultation with us today to get started on the road towards a fully-restored smile.
How Do Implant-Retained Dentures Work?
Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically inserted into the jawbone just below the gumline. Once there, a process called osseointegration takes place over several months as the bone bonds with the metal.
False teeth supported by implants keep the jawbone healthy by providing the stimulation that normally comes from natural teeth, which lets you keep a more youthful look. Furthermore, implant-retained dentures tend to be more stable and secure than traditional dentures.
Am I a Candidate for Implant-Retained Dentures?
We’ll need to evaluate your overall oral health in order to determine whether implant-retained dentures are appropriate in your case. Implants can support many different restorations depending on the number of teeth missing. If you’re missing all of your teeth, dentures will most likely be the best option; if you still have a few teeth remaining, some extractions might be required first.
Infections can cause implants to fail, so gum disease and other oral health problems will need to be taken care of before the surgery. If you smoke, you’ll need to stop before and after the procedure as it will have a negative impact on the body’s ability to heal.
The Implant-Retained Denture Process
First, we’ll need to prepare your jaw to receive dental implants. The bone may have deteriorated due to tooth loss, so we may need to perform a bone graft. We might also need to perform periodontal therapy or other treatments to ensure good oral health.
Once your mouth is ready, we’ll place 2 to 8 implants along your upper or lower jaw. In most cases, we’ll need to wait for osseointegration to take place; you’ll receive a temporary denture to wear during this time. After that, it’ll be time to place your permanent new smile.
Benefits of Combining Dentures & Dental Implants
- In comparison with other forms of dental restoration, dental implants can last for a very long time – sometimes over 30 years or even a lifetime. The dentures themselves will also last longer than the traditional versions.
- Dental implants grant chewing power almost on par with natural teeth, allowing for a much more varied diet.
- The implants will keep your jawbone healthy and strong; allowing you to maintain better facial structure.
- Your dentures will be customized to fit the appearance of the rest of your face, creating a more natural smile.