Dr. Brett Lent may recommend implant-supported or implant-retained dentures as an alternative to traditional dentures. This treatment is often used to replace an entire arch of teeth, anchoring your dentures over a few strategically placed implants to provide a stable and long-lasting solution for your smile. The difference between implant-supported and implant-retained is the total number of implants placed and the ability to take the denture in and out or have them fixed in place. While implant-supported dentures are much more stable than their traditional denture counterpart, they are still removed after eating and at night. Implant retained dentures look and feel more like natural teeth and are much more stable thanks to multiple secure anchor implants and do not shift in your mouth when you eat. Implant retained dentures are exceptionally secure and are never removed by the patient. Dr. Brett Lent will remove this type of denture to maintain the quality and fit during your regular maintenance visits.
If you are looking for a stable, lasting solution for multiple missing teeth, our dentist may recommend implant-supported or implant-retained dentures. Very often, denture wearers complain that dentures become loose and “float” around the mouth, limiting their ability to eat and speak comfortably. Implant dentures are a cost-effective solution, and in many cases, we can even retrofit an existing denture with implants.
The first step in anchoring your denture with dental implants is the placement of the implants. The dental implants, which are similar in appearance to screws, are surgically inserted into the jawbone in order to securely anchor your denture. While the specific number of implants required will depend on your individual needs, most cases require 2-6 dental implants per denture. Once the implants have been placed and allowed sufficient healing time, your denture is attached on top. Implants provide your denture with exceptional stability and help to maintain the supporting bone. In fact, many patients report that their implant-retained dentures feel and function like their natural teeth.
We invite you to call First Impression Dental Fresno at 559-513-0707 for more information about implant-retained dentures in Fresno, California, and to request a consultation with our dentist.