A serious complaint of denture wearers is the ability to keep them in place. It is frustrating and embarrassing to have one’s dentures move awkwardly when speaking or eating. Another complaint is the feel of dentures—they simply do not feel natural. Over time, dentures require reshaping since the lack of natural teeth leads to oral changes. Craig Conrow DDS MS FACP has a solution to all the
What Are Implant-Retained Dentures?
As the name suggests, implant-retained dentures involve the combination of dentures and implants. Craig Conrow DDS MS FACP uses this procedure to set dentures within the mouth permanently. This treatment provides the following advantages:
- Improved Oral Strength & Stability. Placing implants which are anchored in the jawbone strengthens the functionality of dentures. Since the implants are set like natural teeth, they, in turn, stabilize dentures from moving. Therefore, patients can chew and speak with confidence.
- Reduction of Bone Loss. A major complication of tooth loss is jaw bone loss and gum reduction. Implant-retained dentures stimulate healthy jaw bone growth and blood flow.
- Easier Hygiene. Regular dentures need to be removed and cleaned daily. Denture implants are cleaned with brushing and mouth washing.
- Maintain Facial Shape. Facial sagging tends to occur with traditional dentures. Implanted dentures help solve this issue permanently.
How Do Implant-Retained Dentures Work?
A good way to understand how implanted dentures to function is to compare them with the function of normal dentures. Traditional dentures adhere to the oral cavity by sealing with the assistance of adhesives. Implanted dentures do not. Instead, the dentures are affixed onto a series of implants. Typical denture arches require four to six implants for optimal support, but as little as two will help tremendously.
During the consultation phase, Dr. Conrow will recommend the appropriate number of implants for a patient’s implant-retained dentures. If you are interested in discovering if this is a viable treatment for yourself, give us a call or schedule an appointment online.