Offering implant retained dentures and more in Boulder, CO.
Dentures have long been the go-to solution for patients who require a restoration for multiple missing teeth. However, traditional, removable dentures are renowned for having a number of limitations that negatively impact the wearer.
Implant retained dentures offer the benefits of dental implants, but in a denture device and are a cost-effective way of replacing multiple missing teeth with the benefits of implant technology. Dr. Daniel and his team are delighted to be able to offer this innovative solution to their patients and help them enjoy their smile again.
How do implant retained dentures work?
Implant retained dentures work exactly how their name suggests. Whereas traditional dentures rest on the top of the gums, an implant retained denture is placed securely onto the implants using durable attachments, making it ultra-secure.
They are particularly popular as an alternative to traditional dentures for the lower jaw. This is because the tongue often comes into contact with lower dentures, making them slip and move around which interferes with eating, drinking and even speaking.
Types of implant retained dentures
There are two types of implant retained dentures.
In bar-retained dentures, between two and five implants are placed into your jawbone and are attached to a thin, metal bar that follows the curve of your jaw. The denture fits over the top of the bar and is securely clipped into place using special attachment fixtures.
Also known as stud-attachment dentures, in this type of denture each implant in the jawbone holds a metal, usually ball-shaped attachment that then fits into another attachment on the denture.
Benefits of implant retained dentures
- Secure and comfortable to wear – no more embarrassing slips!
- No need for denture adhesives, pastes or powders.
- Discretion – implant retained dentures are almost completely imperceptible once they are in place.
- Implants help to preserve the bone in your jaw, which also maintains your facial structure.
- Minimizes wrinkles around the mouth by restoring lost lip support.
- No need for expensive bridgework
How long does the implant retained denture procedure take?
There are normally two procedures required in order to be fitted with implant retained dentures. During the first procedure, the implants are placed into the jawbone, where they are left to fuse with the bone to create an ultra-secure foundation. A temporary denture can be worn during this time. During the second procedure, the tops of the implant are exposed so that the denture can be fitted over the implant.
Occasionally it may be possible to combine both parts of the process into one procedure, but this would need to be discussed with Dr. Daniel ahead of your treatment.
If you currently wear dentures, but are unhappy with the way that they look and feel, or if you are looking at replacing multiple teeth for the first time, implant-retained dentures might be the right solution for you. Dr. Daniel and the team have the knowledge and experience necessary to provide high quality and reassuring dental restorations. Make an appointment today to arrange your consultation 720-259-9300