While you probably already know that dentures can be used to replace an entire arch of teeth, you may not realize that sometimes they can be retained by dental implants. This can be an excellent option for eligible patients, as the implants offer greater stability for your false teeth and can prevent bone loss from occurring. If you or a loved one might need dentures in the near future, contact our dental office to ask about implant-retained dentures in Colorado Springs.
Small metal posts called dental implants can be surgically inserted into the jaw to serve as the “roots” for prosthetic teeth. Traditional dentures rest on the gums and rely on adhesive or natural suction to stay in place; at times they can slip while you’re eating or speaking. In comparison, implant-retained dentures are firmly held in place by the metal posts; not only is this often found to be more comfortable, but it also allows for a firmer bite that will allow you to chew all of your favorite foods.
Implant-retained dentures are for patients who have lost all their teeth in one or both jaws. However, not all patients are suitable to receive dental implants. There needs to be enough density in the jawbone for a process called osseointegration, which is how the implant is fused into the jaw; some patients might need bone grafts before implants can be placed. Also, your mouth needs to generally be in good health, and issues such as smoking that can affect the healing process will need to be dealt with. Dr. Gasper will consider all of the different factors before making a recommendation for implant-retained dentures.
Full dentures can be held in place by four to six dental implants; Dr. Gasper will use the minimum number necessary to provide sufficient support.
The implants will be surgically placed into the bone. A small incision will be made in the gums; it will be stitched closed at the end of the procedure. Afterward, you’ll be asked to avoid putting pressure on your implants while healing and osseointegration take place. A few months later, abutments will be placed on the implants; finally, once everything is ready, you’ll receive your permanent dentures.
Note that in a few cases, it’s possible to receive your dentures on the same day that the implants are placed.