Implant-Retained Dentures – Hurst, TX
Rebuild Your Strong Smile after Tooth Loss
Losing one tooth can certainly change your appearance and your eating habits, but missing every tooth within an arch or your entire mouth is a life-altering situation with very real consequences. Your health and quality of life depend on getting your functional teeth back, and you need to find the solution that will give you the biting power to continue eating nutritious foods. Unfortunately, dentures on their own only provide your bite with about 10 to 30 percent of the strength it once had. That’s why, at Cimarron Family Dentistry, we offer implant-retained dentures in Hurst for the most security and long-term success.
How Do Implant-Retained Dentures Work?
Normal dentures are pretty simple. They rest on the gums’ surface and rely on suction and adhesives to remain in place, which is why they are notorious for slipping or coming loose. In contrast, implant-retained dentures are anchored to dental implants, which imitate the natural tooth structure and are integrated firmly into the jaw bone. This advanced tooth-replacement method allows your artificial teeth to enjoy anywhere between 70 and 90 percent of the biting power you lost, enabling you to continue a nutritious diet and a higher quality of life.
Am I A Candidate for Implant-Retained Dentures?
If you are missing all of your upper or lower teeth or both, you may be eligible for implant-retained dentures, but there are certain criteria that you must meet. For example, you need to be in good oral health (i.e., without infections). In addition, your jaw bone needs to have enough density and strength to support implants, but even if you do not, we may be able to perform a bone graft. So how do you know if you qualify for this treatment? You need to schedule a consultation with one of our talented dentists. During this appointment, we’ll be able to provide specific insight about whether your dentures could be retained using dental implants.
The Implant-Retained Dentures Procedure
The process of getting implant-retained dentures is very similar to that of any other implant-retained restoration. After we have determined that this is the right treatment option for you, we will surgically place four to six implants per arch under the gums’ surface and into the jaw bone. Over the course of several months, your jaw bone will become fused to the implants, holding them firmly in position. Once this process (called osteointegration) is complete, we will attach abutments, or connector pieces, to the implants. Finally, we will either bolt or snap your dentures to the implants.
Benefits of Combining Dentures & Dental Implants
When it comes to replacing all of your teeth, you don’t have to choose between dentures and dental implants exclusively—you can enjoy the best of both worlds! Here are just some of the benefits of implant-retained dentures:
- Better oral health—implants keep the jaw bone strong and healthy.
- Long-term replacement—dentures alone need to be replaced about every 5 to 7 years, but dental implants can last for more than 30 years.
- More security—you don’t have to worry about your dentures slipping when you eat, speak, or smile when they are retained by implants.
- Youthful appearance—because implants don’t allow the jaw bone to lose density, your natural, young-looking facial structure remains intact.
Are you interested in learning more about implant-retained dentures? Give our office a call or click here, and we’ll schedule a consultation for you. Our team looks forward to serving you and helping you get your strong, healthy, functional, and beautiful smile back!
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