How would you like it if your dentures took up less space in your mouth, and stayed in place permanently without having to be removed every night? Dental implants have completely transformed the way dentures look and feel. Implant retained dentures do not stay in place by suction against the roof of the mouth. They are much thinner and only cover the “U” shape of your dental arch, allowing you to talk, eat and taste your food much easier than traditional braces.
Implant retained dentures are permanently fixed to a few dental implants placed in the area of your missing teeth. Most of the time only about four implants are needed on each arch. These “all on 4” style implant support the denture appliance so that it stays securely in place without the need for extra acrylic structure or dental adhesive. This frees up the roof of your mouth, instead of covering it with a denture.
Cleaning around implant supported dentures is easy. You can irrigate plaque and food debris from below the denture by using a water flosser, or choosing traditional floss with the use of a threader to guide it underneath.
Most implant-retained dentures are ready to place 3-6 months after having the implants placed in the mouth. This allows the titanium appliances to fuse with your natural bone for ultimate stability. If you do not have enough natural bone, a bone graft may also be used. While healing occurs, an interim prosthesis can be worn that allows space for the implant as well as functional capabilities.
If you’ve had troubles in the past with traditional dentures, ask your dentist about dental implant retained dentures and how they can change the way you smile.
Posted on behalf of Muccioli Dental
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