If you’ve been wearing a denture for years, you understand that sometimes they can be downright inconvenient. They might slip around, irritate your gums, or even fall out while you’re talking or eating! If you’re sick and tired of dealing with the annoyances of traditional dentures, implant-retained dentures may be just the solution you need. Whether you need to replace a full or partial denture, you’ll be sure to love the results! Contact our Rexburg office today to schedule a consultation with either Dr. Crofoot or Dr. Snarr.
Instead of relying on metal clasps or denture adhesive to stay in place, implant-retained dentures are attached to a series of dental implants that are placed at strategic points in your mouth. These sturdy titanium posts replicate the root structure of your lost teeth and promote jawbone growth that keeps your face looking and feeling young. Once the implants have been placed, they form a permanent bond with the jawbone, ensuring their ability to last for decades, if not a lifetime. Depending on your needs and preferences, an implant-retained denture can be either fixed or removable. We’ll go over the details at your consultation.
No matter how many missing teeth you want to replace, it’s imperative that you have healthy gum tissue and a jawbone strong enough to accommodate dental implants. During your consultation, we’ll discuss whether you need any preliminary treatments, like gum disease therapy, a sinus lift, or a bone graft to strengthen your jawbone. Once we confirm your eligibility, we can go ahead and schedule the implant placement surgery.
Depending on the size of your denture, we may place anywhere from four to six implants throughout your jaw which will serve as a base for your new teeth. During the procedure, we make small incisions in the gums to access the jawbone. The implants are placed directly into the bone. Over the next three to six months, the implants and the bone will essentially become one structure. After this process is complete, you’ll return to our office, where we’ll install the abutments, or metal connector pieces that serve to anchor your implants onto your denture. A few weeks of healing later, your final denture will be placed.
Implant-retained dentures offer several advantages over traditional dentures, some of which include: