If you are missing most or all of your teeth, and are considering dentures to restore your smile, implant-retained dentures from Dr. Will Jones in Brentwood may be right for you. Unlike traditional dentures, implant-retained dentures will never shift or move, and they help support the natural health of your jaw bone by preventing jaw bone loss. Learn more below or contact us to learn if implant-retained dentures from The Burkitt Center for Comprehensive Dentistry are right for you.
What Are Implant-Retained Dentures?
Understanding the Basics
Implant-retained dentures can be used to replace your upper, lower, or both arches of your teeth. This may be necessary if you have lost most or all of your natural teeth due to gum disease, tooth decay, or a serious accident.
While traditional dentures fit directly over your gums and are kept in place by friction, implant-retained dentures are held in place by 4-6 dental implants. These implants are placed into the arches of your teeth and given time to heal properly to form a sturdy base for your dentures. Once your implants have bonded with your oral tissues, the implant-retained denture snaps onto the implants, providing a stable and secure hold.
Why Choose Implant-Supported Dentures?
The Unique Benefits
Compared to traditional dentures, implant-supported dentures have a number of great benefits. First and foremost, they will never slip or move while you’re wearing them, because they are securely anchored to dental implants that are permanently bonded to your jaw. This makes it easier to do things like eat your favorite foods, speak clearly, and smile without worrying if your dentures will shift or slip. They are much more stable, providing you with more comfort and convenience.
Another great benefit of implant-supported dentures is that they support the health of your jaw and gums. Once you’ve lost your teeth, the force of biting and chewing is no longer transmitted through your teeth to your jaw, so your jaw bone tends to weaken and deteriorate, which can lead to the loss of bone structure and change the appearance of your face. However, dental implants stimulate and preserve your jaw bone, which keeps your mouth healthy and prevents the bone loss that is usually associated with losing teeth.
How Do Implant-Supported Dentures Work?
An Overview of the Process
If you’re having implant-supported dentures placed, you’ll first need to have your remaining teeth extracted. Once your mouth heals, you’ll come in for a second appointment at The Burkitt Center for Comprehensive Dentistry. Dr. Jones will develop an implant plan based on precise scans of your mouth and place 4-6 implants in the upper, lower, or both arches of your teeth. Then, a temporary overdenture will be attached to your implants.
You’ll wear this for about 3-6 months while the implants heal. Once your implants have healed and completely bonded with your surrounding gum tissue, Dr. Will will work with a dental lab to create a permanent set of implant-supported dentures. Then, you’ll come in for an appointment to have the fit of your dentures checked. If everything looks good, they’ll be placed. Dr. Will will give you instructions about how to care for them, and you can enjoy your new smile for years to come.
Have More Questions?
We’d Love to Hear from You
If you are considering restoring your smile with implant-supported dentures, feel free to call us and a member of the team at The Burkitt Center for Comprehensive Dentistry will discuss and concerns or questions you may have. If you are located near Brentwood, give us a call at (615) 941-3368 or stop by our office at 6716 Nolensville Road, Suite 120, Brentwood, TN 37027 to get started today.