Implant-Retained Dentures – Dallas, TX
The Strongest Way to Rebuild Your Smile
Have you suffered extensive tooth loss? If you have significant gaps in your mouth due to trauma, genetics, or past oral health problems, you don’t have to live with an incomplete set of teeth forever! With implant-retained dentures, you may be able to regain a strong, natural-looking smile that endures for decades.
How Implant-Retained Dentures Work
An implant-retained denture is a custom-made prosthesis that attaches to dental implants, which Dr. Kwon surgically places within the jawbone. The implants form a strong bond with the tissue around them; in effect, they serve as substitutes for the roots of missing teeth. The prosthesis that goes on top of them may be either removable or permanently fixed in place.
Traditionally, it takes between six and eight implants to support a full implant-retained denture. However, thanks to Dr. Kwon’s extensive training in implant placement techniques, it may be possible for your denture to be supported by as few as three or four implants.
Some patients are able to receive a provisional (temporary) or permanent set of teeth on the same day they receive their implants. Others must go through a waiting period (a few months) following their surgery before they can receive their gorgeous new teeth.
Implant-Retained Dentures Vs. Traditional Dentures
Implant dentures are superior to traditional dentures in a number of ways:
- Traditional dentures sit on top of the gums. It is relatively easy for them to slip out of place or become unstable during speaking and eating. Implant dentures are extremely sturdy and will never cause such embarrassing and uncomfortable incidents.
- Traditional dentures offer a relatively weak bite force and may require you to be extremely cautious when eating certain foods. Implant dentures are much stronger and enable you to eat almost anything without worry.
- Because dental implants fuse to the bone around them, they can prevent the jaw from losing density and mass. Traditional dentures lack this advantage.
- The way a traditional denture fits will change over time due to jawbone shrinkage. Implant-retained dentures maintain their fit indefinitely.
- Implant-retained dentures can last for decades. Due do their remarkable longevity, they may offer a better monetary value than their traditional counterparts, which need to be replaced every five to eight years or so.
Caring for Implant-Retained Dentures
Caring for your implant-retained dentures is relatively easy. As long as you stick to a thorough oral hygiene routine, visit your dentist for routine checkups, and carefully follow postoperative instructions, you’re unlikely to run into any problems with your new teeth.
If you every do notice something amiss with your dentures — for example, if they feel loose or your gums begin to hurt — call our office. The problem might simply be that the prosthesis was damaged and needs to be repaired or replaced. We’ll thoroughly evaluate the situation and recommend a solution.
Are you ready to discover if implant-retained dentures are right for you? Contact Dallas Dental Implant Center to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kwon. Our team will be happy to help you regain your lost smile.