May 15, 2018
Dentures offer a quick and easy solution to tooth loss, especially when trying to replace multiple teeth at once. However, the pitfalls of dentures can really put a damper on your daily life. Dentures seem to constantly shift and the foods you loved don’t really taste the same. They even cause your dentures to be ripped right out! That’s why dentures in Suffern can be made to stay in your mouth more securely.
No more shifting and no more changing your diet to accommodate them. Learn how implant-retained dentures can help!
The Difference Between Dentures and Dental Implants
Dentures are removable and require daily cleaning to maintain. They’re made of a combination of acrylic and porcelain material and usually last between 5 and 7 years before needing replacement. They also need relining every so often to maintain natural suction to the gums. Without it, they won’t stay in comfortably and may even cause sores and oral callouses to appear.
Dental implants in Suffern are designed to stay in the mouth indefinitely. Not only should they be secure, but they’re often even more secure than natural teeth because they lack a periodontal ligament. Instead of sitting on top of gums, they reach underneath them into natural bone. After integration, they’re treated just like natural teeth.
How Do Implant-Retained Dentures Work? What is the Treatment Process?
By strategically placing a set of dental implants throughout the mouth (usually between two and five), dentists can combine the best aspects of both dentures and dental implants. After placing the implants and creating holes inside the denture, your dentist can effectively attach an entire arch of teeth inside the mouth. That means you don’t have to spend more money getting individual implants, but still obtain the security and reliability they provide.
Once you complete your consultation, the process consists of two main surgeries.
- First Surgery – This involves the placement of the implants. After making an incision, drilling holes, placing the implants, and closing the incision, you’ll be given a temporary denture that avoids putting significant pressure on the affected area. After three to six months, you’ll come back to see if the implants have fully integrated with your bone.
- Second Surgery – After confirming the implants have integrated via x-ray, the dentist will reopen the gum tissue to expose the heads of the implants and place a healing cap. After another two weeks pass, your dentist will replace the caps with standard abutments.
Once the gums are fully healed, your dentist can make an impression which will be used to make your permanent denture.
How Do I Care for My Implant-Retained Dentures?
While implant-retained dentures in Suffern are more stable than dentures alone, you’ll still need to remove them to clean and while you sleep. Don’t worry, they snap out easily for regular cleaning, but still stay secure and durable enough to not slide or fall out during daily use.
Have more questions about this alternative to standard dentures? Schedule a consultation with your dentist to learn more and see if it’s the right treatment for you!
About the Author
Dr. Peter Auster earned his Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. With his 30 years of experience at your disposal, you’re guaranteed to get an implant-retained denture that’s right for you. To learn more about his practice, contact him through his website.
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