Dentures are the go-to solution for patients who have lost a significant number of natural teeth. The most common causes for loss of multiple teeth are external trauma, severe oral infections, or aging. The dentures will fit over the gums and act as the new prosthetic teeth. With dentures in place, patients can bite and chew food, smile without being conscious of their appearance, and confidently go about their everyday activities.
As useful as dentures are, they could sometimes slip out of the mouth when you laugh too hard or talk with your mouth wide open. This can be quite an embarrassing situation, leaving everyone around mocking you. To stay clear of such a situation, we have just the perfect solution - Implant retained dentures!
What are implant-retained dentures?
Implant retained dentures look like any other traditional dentures. However, underneath them, dental implants will be fixed to the jawbone. The dentures will have slots under them that allow the implant studs to fit into, thereby holding them firmly in position and keeping them from slipping off the mouth. With implant-retained dentures, you can bite and chew food, talk, laugh, or even jump around when you’re excited without worrying about the dentures falling off!
What are the advantages of implant retained dentures?
- Since implants are fixed to the jawbone, the screw-like grooves of the implant stud hold the jawbone intact. This prevents bone deterioration and shrinkage.
- The dentures will be held firmly in place. They will not slip off or get misplaced in the mouth, thereby offering perfect fit and comfort.
- Every single tooth in your mouth can be replaced using just four implants in each jaw. These implants can hold an entire denture without hassle.
The dentist will take highly precise digital molds of your gums and teeth during the initial consultation. The data from the scans will be used to fabricate the dentures in a dental laboratory. During the next appointment, the dentist will place dental implants in your jawbone. A suitable healing period may be suggested. After the healing period is completed, the dentures will be placed on the implants, and their fit will be checked. If any changes need to be made, the dentist tends to them to ensure you get perfectly fitting dentures.
Please schedule an appointment online or call us at (408) 371-1070 to have a consultation with any of our Los Gatos Dental Group dentists, and we will be happy to help!