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About Implant-Retained Dentures
And you may have many questions about the dental implant procedure.
We’ve compiled answers to some of our patients’ most common questions.
It is not recommended that you wear new dentures when sleeping. Constant contact with your gums can lead to discomfort or other issues. Remember to remove your dentures every night to give your oral tissues and implant sites a rest. This is also the time to clean your dental appliances.
The average time it takes for the surgery to be completed is 90 minutes to an hour. However, each patient is different, and some may have a faster treatment time. Any invasive procedure carries risks, so they can vary. This can change depending on factors such as:
- The number of implants to be placed
- The condition of your jawbone
- The complexity of your case
- The skill of your qualified health practitioner
The surgical procedure can typically be done in one dental visit. But, you will need to wait for your jaw bones to heal and integrate with the implants. This can take 3-6 months, depending on your unique case. Once this has happened, you will be fitted with your new dentures.
The main difference between the two procedures is the number of implants used. Implant-retained dentures are attached to the jaw using only a few strategically placed implants. Implant-supported dentures use multiple implants to help support and stabilise your prosthetic teeth.
An important factor in determining which treatment option is right for you is your jawbone structure. Implant-retained dentures are more suitable for those with less bone density. This is because the implants will be placed in areas with denser bone, which helps provide more support for your dentures.
The number of implants used to hold your dentures will depend on different factors. However, in most cases, a minimum of four implants are required to hold your new teeth in place securely. Implants placed in the upper jaw may need more to adequately support your dentures.
The dentists at Mary River Dental will work with you to determine the right number of implants for your unique situation. Call us today to schedule a consultation visit.
Implant-retained dentures work by placing small titanium posts into your jawbone. These posts are strategically placed to provide a strong and stable foundation for your dentures. Your dentist will usually insert them in a single procedure. And they will eventually integrate with your natural bone in a few to several months.
Once this has occurred, your dentures will be fitted on top of the posts, providing a stable and functional hold.
One of the great benefits of implant dentures is that they look and feel just like your natural teeth. They are designed to match your mouth, natural smile, and facial features. So, you can enjoy all the same functions and aesthetic appeal as with normal dentures.
This implant treatment involves removable dentures for cleaning and maintenance like conventional dentures. However, unlike regular dentures that can slip or shift in your mouth, implant-retained dentures are secured into place.
This option for people allows them to enjoy the same benefits of a fixed prosthesis, such as improved speech and eating habits. And they would still be able to remove it for proper oral care routines to maintain good dental health.