Among common problems with Dentures is their inability to stay in their desired position, especially when you are eating or chewing food. Even though they help you eat more foods types, dentures are still not as natural-feeling as your original teeth. To compound the issue, dentures need to be reshaped and changed due to the changing of the shape of your mouth. The good news is that Houston Prosthodontist, Dr. Yepez, specializing in Prosthodontics, can help make your dentures treatment feel more natural than ever with Implant-Retained Dentures.
What Are Implant-Retained Dentures in Houston
If your dentures are just not fitting correctly anymore, it is time to consider dental implants with dentures. Also called, Implant-Retained Dentures, this treatment aims to permanently affix dentures to dental implants. Since it is permanent, you no longer must remove or soak them overnight for cleaning. Instead, you can simply follow a routine much like what you did before you had a denture.
How Do Implant-Retained Dentures Work?
Instead of forming to the shape of your mouth as a seal as well as denture adhesive, implant-retained dentures are attached to several dental implants in your jaw. It takes approximately four to six implants to replace an entire arch, therefore, you don’t need an implant on every tooth.
To start, Dr. Yepez will take impressions and measures the space inside your mouth just like what she would do when making traditional dentures. Once a reliable mold is established, she begins to design and create the prosthetic teeth. The only difference is they fit the bottom of the denture with sockets for your implants to attach.
Implants are then surgically placed directly into the jawbone. After confirming that your oral health is in good condition and that your jaw can properly receive implants, Dr. Yepez will schedule a date for implant surgery. Full healing can be expected in three to six months.
What are the Benefits of Implant-Retained Dentures?
Unlike dentures, dental implants replace the root of your teeth, not just the visible crown. That means your jawbone is fully simulated and receives ample blood flow. The main benefits of these processes include:
- Stronger biting force
- Adequate chewing ability
- Improvement in phonetic and esthetics
- Maintained facial elasticity and shape
- Preventing premature facial sagging
When it comes to making your teeth feel natural, improving your overall appearance, and keeping a more balanced diet, Implant-Retained Dentures are the best choice for a more natural and comfortable fit. If you are interested in learning more, please contact us and schedule a complimentary consultation with Pure Prosthodontics in Houston, TX.