Implant Retained Dentures
New Bedford, MA & Falmouth, MA
Lost teeth can cause a lot of problems, such as discomfort when eating, awkwardness when smiling, and reduced confidence. As if that’s not bad enough, a wide variety of health complications such as headaches and muscular problems are traceable to missing teeth. If you find yourself in this situation, we’d like to suggest implant retained dentures as an option for tooth restoration.
What are Implant Retained Dentures?
Also known as implant supported dentures, implant retained dentures are meant to replace lost teeth in either the upper or the lower jaw. This option is more secure and comfortable than traditional dentures. They also look more like natural teeth.
Advantages of Implant Retained Dentures
Implant retained dentures have many assets. They are specially made for each patient, boosting their confidence. Because these dentures allow you to eat a balanced diet normally, they can work to improve your dental health and overall health.
Multiple anchor points keep them secure, preventing the shifting associated with traditional dentures. Because the implants stimulate the jaw bone just like tooth roots, they can keep it healthy. This is something traditional dentures can never do.
Treatment Options for Lower Teeth
Because the bones in the lower jaw are different from the bones in the upper jaw, the method we prescribe will depend on where your missing teeth are located. If you’ve lost all of your teeth in your lower jaw, then you have three options for treatment.
This is one of the most permanent options for a full set of dentures for the lower teeth. Four or more implants are attached to the dentures with screws to keep them in place. Those who pick this option will get dentures that are highly secure but irremovable. Thus, you will need to clean them while they are inside your mouth, and this poses a problem for some.
Bar Attachment Denture
Bar attachment dentures need between two and six implants in the lower jaw to hold the implants in place. The implants are attached to a specially-fitted support bar. Retention clips snap the teeth into place. This method is known as an overdenture and keeps the teeth securely in place. Bar attachment dentures hardly shift at all, and you can still take them out to clean them.
Also known as a ball attachment denture, a locator-attached denture uses as little as two dental implants. The dentures snap onto the implants, which hold them in place. This allows the dentures to function more naturally and slip less than traditional dentures. Shifting and soreness can still occur, so we may need to adjust them over time.
Treatment Options for Upper Teeth
Multiple treatment options are available for those with upper teeth missing. It is often possible for us to completely forgo an appliance that covers the roof of the mouth if we place the dentures properly. Doing this makes eating and speaking more natural. Implant retained dentures for the upper jaw are shift resistant and removable for cleaning.
Keep in mind that if you choose a removable set of dentures, you must keep them clean. Food residue causes discomfort if it gets stuck in your dentures.
If you have any other questions or concerns, please give us a call at 508-996-3131.