While full and partial dentures are ideal for resolving extensive tooth loss, they aren’t without their setbacks. Not only do they need routine repair and replacement every several years, but they tend to slip and slide out of place the older they get. For many, dentures is an ordeal, rather than a solution to their missing smile. With the help of dental implants, the dentists at Aesthetic Dentistry of Wickford can greatly improve the quality and reliability of your denture. Give our office a call to get started!
Traditional dentures are designed to either fit the natural shape of the mouth and rely on suction or hook around existing natural teeth to stay in place (which is the case for partial dentures.) Unfortunately, due to the mouth constantly changing shape, dentures need to be continuously relined, repaired and eventually replaced over the years, resulting in higher costs and generally more maintenance burdens on the patient.
In contrast, dental implants are place throughout the jaw, typically two to six depending on the complexity of the denture, giving the denture a place to effective snap on into place. This type of restoration can be designed to be fixed or removable, depending on your needs.
Most patients are candidates for implant-retained dentures outright, but our office will make sure to perform a thorough examination to confirm if anything needs to be addressed first. This includes treating any gum disease with periodontal therapy and making sure that you have enough jawbone to hold dental implants. If not enough bone is available, we may recommend a bone graft to increase the overall volume of your jaw.
Once we’ve completed any and all preparatory treatments, we can start planning and creating your implant-retained denture.
During your consultation, we’ll determine the type of denture you need and the number of implants needed to hold the denture. Then, we’ll capture an impression of your mouth and use that as a model to design and fabricate the restoration. This is done using a digital impression scanner, which captures your mouth in the most detailed way possible.
After scheduling a day for your surgery, you’ll come back to have your implants placed and monitored over the next several months. During this time, we’ll make sure that your implants are integrating with your jawbone and healing properly. After they’ve fully healed, we’ll capture an additional impression of your mouth with the implants in your jaw and use that as a model to design your permanent denture. Once fabricated, we’ll insert the denture and make adjustments as needed.
Unlike traditional dentures, implant-retained dentures do not require the same level of maintenance. While you should be brushing and flossing daily as well as visiting our office every six months for cleanings and checkups, implant-retained dentures do not require regular removal to keep sanitized.
Of course, even if you opt for removable implant-retained dentures, you’re getting a much more stable denture that does not shift out of place when performing basic tasks. It’s easy to chew your favorite foods with ease and speak clearly without any difficulty. Plus, there’s no need to use denture adhesive just to make your denture last.