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Implant-Retained Dentures – Spring Hill, TN

Dentures That Stand the Test of Time

An implant-retained denture.When you think about dentures, you generally think about either full or partial dentures that affordably replace several missing teeth. In some cases, it replaces all the teeth in a given arch, making it possible to speak, eat and smile with ease. However, that doesn’t mean dentures are without their pitfalls. The good news is dental implants can be integrated with dentures at Family Dental Associates, so you can achieve a more sustainable solution to extensive tooth loss! Here’s how the dentists at the practice get it done. Call our office to get started!

A diagram of an implant-retained denture.How Do Implant-Retained Dentures Work?

An implant-retained denture is designed to attach to a series of implants that have already healed inside of the mouth and integrated with your existing bone and gum tissue. Typically, dentures rely on the natural shape of your mouth, denture adhesive, or natural teeth that still remain inside the jaw to stay in place. Instead of this, dental implants do all the heavy lifting. Whether you want to improve the way your full or partial denture fits or make your denture fixed instead of removable, dental implants offer a wide range of customization. It usually takes four to six implants to hold a denture, but this can vary depending on your needs.

An older couple holding toothbrushes.Am I A Candidate for Implant-Retained Dentures?

If you have several missing teeth and you already use a denture, you’re likely a viable candidate for implant-retained dentures already. However, it is important that you have sufficient oral health, healthy gum tissue, and a high enough bone volume to receive the implants. This ensures that the implants stay integrated and heal properly. Because of their versatility, you can just as easily fit dental implants with a partial denture as you can with a full denture. During your consultation, we’ll perform a detailed examination to help you determine what the appropriate number of implants should be, where they need to be placed, and the restoration used to rebuild your smile.

A dentist showing a patient an X-ray.The Implant-Retained Dentures Procedure

The procedure can be broken up into two main steps. The first is the placement phase, which involves minor surgery to place the implants into the jaw. This process requires opening up your gum tissue, carefully inserting the titanium posts into your jaw, then closing the gum tissue so that it has time to heal around the implant. Once the implants have healed, which takes about four to six months, we can create and place your permanent denture on top. We’ll make sure that your denture feels comfortable and fits properly before sending you on your way.

Benefits of Combining Dentures and Dental Implants

When you aren’t having to worry about your denture falling out of place, you can expect far more confidence in your daily life. Chewing food, smiling, laughing, and speaking all become incredibly easy because the foundation for your denture is stronger than ever before. Because the implants are integrated with your existing bone tissue, you can expect your biting force to be stronger as well. That means chewing food that would typically be out of the question with a denture is possible again. Regular bone stimulation also means that the natural shape of your jaw and face is restored, so you can expect a more natural-looking appearance once all is said and done.