Dentures are a great way to restore the function and aesthetics of your smile. Without teeth you cannot chew. If you can’t chew you can’t eat. If you don’t eat your health suffers. You need to be able to confidently chew a variety of foods including meats, crunchy vegetables, tough greens, nuts, and other healthy foods in order to stay healthy and strong, but even with a full set of dentures that may be tough for some people. If your dentures don’t fit properly they can slip and rub making it difficult to speak and chew. Over time, your jaw bone can shrink and your dentures will need readjusting and relining. If you are experiencing such issues you may appreciate the stability of implant dentures.
What Are Implant-Retained Dentures
Implant-retained dentures are dentures that are held in place via mini-dental implants. Both standard and mini-implants posts are fabricated from titanium. The difference is their size. Standard implants are more than 3mm in diameter, while mini implants are about half that diameter. The titanium posts are surgically “implanted” into your jaw bone and osseointegrate, or fuse, with the bone just like a natural tooth root. It takes up to three months for the process to be complete. When the jaw bone is healed, the dentures are snapped onto the posts. This eliminates the need for suction or denture adhesives to keep the dentures from slipping or rubbing, providing a much more solid, stable, and reliable dental solution.
Denture teeth are commonly fabricated from white porcelain which is similar in strength, durability, translucency and pearlescence as natural dentition. While restoring the aesthetics of your smile, implant-retained dentures provide the stability, strength, and function of your original teeth.