Over 36 million Americans face the challenge of being without natural teeth. For many, dentures become a lifeline for eating and speaking. Yet, traditional dentures may pose moments of discomfort due to slippage. Thankfully, our team offers a solution: dental implants to ensure your new teeth remain securely in place. If you're considering implant dentures, don't hesitate to contact our Dallas office and schedule a consultation today!
Implant dentures are a game-changer for denture wearers. Unlike traditional ones that use suction, these are attached to small titanium posts under your gums. These posts fuse naturally with your jawbone, via a process called osseointegration. This gives your replacement teeth a strong and secure base. The outcome? A level of stability and confidence that traditional dentures simply can't match.
Fixed implant dentures are designed to stay securely in position and can only be taken out by a dentist. Usually, about 4-6 carefully positioned implants in the jawbone provide a permanent foundation for a full denture. This option often makes patients feel like they have natural teeth and they don't have to fuss with their dentures constantly. However, it's important to note that this method does require a sufficient amount of jawbone density.
Removable dentures are anchored in place by dental implants. They feature clips (bar-retained) or ball sockets (ball-retained) that allow patients to easily take them out when necessary. Although these dentures require daily removal for cleaning, they typically only rely on 2-5 implants for support.
During your first visit, we'll determine your eligibility for dental implants and tailor a treatment plan to meet your specific needs. In some cases, preparatory steps like bone grafting may be necessary before we proceed with the implant placement.
Next, we'll carefully position the implant posts in key locations within your jaw. Once they've fully fused with the surrounding bone, which may take up to six months, we'll affix metal connectors, known as abutments, onto them. Finally, we'll craft your custom denture and secure it in place using these abutments attached to the implant posts.
Most adults in good oral and overall health, especially those frustrated with traditional dentures, are excellent candidates for implant dentures. During your consultation, we'll assess your specific needs and goals, and discuss all available options.
To be eligible, you should be in good health for minor surgery and have a healthy smile free of issues like cavities or gum disease. Having sufficient jawbone density for your desired implant type is crucial, but if needed, we can assist in scheduling a bone graft. Committing to excellent oral hygiene practices is also essential, including not smoking, regular dental checkups, and daily brushing.
Opting for implant dentures offers several advantages: