Implant-Retained Dentures – Torrance, CA
When a Standard Denture Isn’t Enough
Whether you’ve had a denture for many years or you’ve had several teeth removed and are currently reviewing your options for tooth replacement, the dentists at Torrance Dentistry encourage you to consider all the treatments available to you before settling for dentures. While they can be more affordable in the short-term and give you a smile sooner, implant-retained dentures in Torrance offer better stability, longevity, function, and esthetics, much like single dental implants do. To set up your first consultation with our office, give us a call!
How Do Implant-Retained Dentures Work?
Implant-retained dentures look much like regular dentures, except for one key difference. Instead of relying on the natural shape of your mouth or suction from the gums to stay in place, they attach to a series of dental implant posts that are integrated inside the jaw. Depending on the type of denture you receive, your denture can either be fixed in place or removable. Prior to receiving your permanent restoration, the implants will need time to heal and undergo a process known as osseointegration. Once the titanium posts have fused with the bone and the gum tissue has healed around them, they can safely hold a denture.
Am I A Candidate for Implant-Retained Dentures?
During your consultation, one of our dentists will closely examine your mouth and the overall condition of your oral health. This includes measuring your current bone volume by capturing detailed X-rays of your jawbone’s structure, especially if you have been missing teeth for a very long time. We’ll also need to confirm that no gum disease is present. While more patients are eligible for dental implants today than in the past, it’s very important that you meet these two qualifications first before dental implants can be placed safely. Chances are if you are missing all the teeth in your top or bottom arch and you have healthy gum and bone tissue, you’re likely eligible for the procedure.
The Implant-Retained Dentures Procedure
Following your in-depth consultation, our dentists will schedule you for oral surgery at a later date. Once we’ve completed all the necessary steps as part of your planning phase, you’ll come back to our office to have the implants placed. This involves creating a small incision in your gum tissue and then a series of tiny holes for the implants to fit into. Don’t worry, you’ll be given powerful local anesthetic that numbs any and all sensations in your mouth during surgery. You can also receive sedation dentistry if requested prior to the procedure. After the implants are placed, they’ll need to heal over the next four to six months before a permanent prosthetic can be attached.
Benefits of Combining Dentures & Dental Implants
When choosing implant-retained dentures to restore teeth, you can expect:
- Better stability when speaking, smiling, and laughing
- Stronger biting force for chewing your favorite foods (even tough and crunchy foods like apples, fresh vegetables, and steak!)
- Improved longevity (as dental implants last about 30 year son average when properly maintained)
- A natural-looking smile and improved facial esthetics (thanks to improved blood flow to the cheeks)
- A noticeable boost in your everyday confidence