Unsecured dentures are an old-fashioned solution for people who have lost all their teeth, and many people find that wearing unsecured dentures can be painful, inconvenient and awkward. Unsecured dentures make it difficult to chew certain foods and can make eating foods you once enjoyed a painful and uncomfortable experience. Wearing dentures may also affect how you pronounce words and how you speak, which can have a negative impact on your confidence.
Luckily, there are a variety of modern dental implant-based tooth replacement solutions available, which can dramatically improve your quality of life. Modern alternatives to dentures can enable proper chewing and speaking, increase comfort and self-confidence, and make the consumption of a wider variety of foods easier.
If you’ve suffered from dental problems for some time, dentures may be the best solution for you and implant-retained dentures are increasingly becoming the go-to choice.
Implant-retained dentures offer a host of benefits that make them a much better choice than traditional dentures.
So, what are dentures? Dentures are simply a way of restoring missing teeth and you can have a partial set or full set, depending on the cause of the issue. They are usually made from a plastic base with artificial teeth set on the frame to replace your natural teeth, since missing teeth can interfere with eating and speaking clearly and can even lead to negative health consequences over time.
Missing teeth can also impact bone structure, meaning that implant-retained dentures are not only a visually appealing option but will also enhance your smile and keep your facial structure looking younger for longer.
Please contact us if you want to discuss the options available to you.
How long does the implant-retained denture procedure take and what does it involve?
Implant treatments come in various forms and the procedures vary in terms of time, depending on the complexity of the treatment. Standard implant treatments require two procedures – one to place the implants into the jawbone and one to expose the top of the top of the implants so the supported denture can be fixed to them. The second procedure typically takes place between three and six months after the first.
It may also be possible to book a single-stage procedure where the implants and the supporting bar are affixed in one step – speak to our team to see if this is possible for you.
Where will the implants be placed?
The implants are usually placed in the section of jawbone with a higher bone mass, which is usually at the front of your mouth. The front jaw is also preferred because it has fewer nerves or structures that can complicate the implant placement.
The time it takes to complete the treatment depends on different factors, including the type of implant used, whether the treatment is for the upper or lower jaw, if bone grafting is required and the number of implants, to name just a few contributing factors. However, for standard implants, the process can take anywhere between five months to a year or more.
Do I need a temporary denture?
The temporary denture is necessary only if you are not already wearing a complete denture for your missing teeth. As the name suggests, the temporary denture is used as a placeholder while you wait for your final implant-supported denture to be made. It also serves as a back-up prosthesis in the unlikely event the final denture is damaged.
Why should you get Implant Retained Dentures?
The main benefit of choosing implant retained dentures is that they’re more secure than traditional dentures. Removable dentures must be held in place by a bonding agent but they are renowned for coming loose when you eat certain foods. Implants, however, are held in place more securely and are overall more reliable when you’re eating or speaking.
- Implant dentures are also more comfortable for the wearer. Most people report they don’t even feel like they have dentures in.
- Implant retained dentures also prevent the wearer from experiencing sore spots and pressure points commonly associated with removable dentures.
Implant retained dentures prevent further bone loss that occurs from missing teeth. This also allows the facial structure to stay the same, and keeps your mouth healthier in the long-term.