Implant dentures have completely changed the way our patients think about dentures. Only recently, has this option been made available as an affordable treatment option that we can do right in our office. Before development of dental implants, dentures would just float around causing sore spots and necessitating the use of copious amounts of denture adhesive. Dental implants work to secure dentures to the mouth by attaching them firmly to the gums without denture adhesive, while still allowing the dentures to be easily removed for cleaning.
Implants that hold in dentures are titanium fixtures that are placed in the bone (usually 2-4) and, once healed, implants become anchored to the bone acting as an anchor for the denture to attach to.
Not everyone is a candidate for implant dentures, which is why it is important to first have an exam in our office prior to the placement appointment. For implant dentures to be successful, patients must have adequate bone available, not be immunocompromised and be in overall general good health. In all cases, dental implants require strict oral hygiene.
After the initial exam, the implant fixtures are placed and are allowed to heal. Following the procedure, a period of time (three to six months) is required for the implants to integrate to the bone and anchor the device. Sometimes, the implants can be activated immediately to allow a tight fit that day. At a follow up appointment, once the implant has integrated into the bone, the implant retention is activated and placed in the denture. It can be possible to use an existing denture and reline it to make it work with the implants, but in many cases a new one will need to be fabricated. A checklist with information can be found in our “Forms” section for further information. As always, please remember to tell your dentist about all of your medications and medical problems prior to the procedure.
Implants can be placed safely and effectively using only local anesthesia. Most patients say the procedure feels similar to a filling procedure. If necessary, our office also provides oral sedation services to make you feel more comfortable. Like any restoration, implants require diligent oral hygiene and proper care to ensure they last a long time. If you think you would benefit from implant retained dentures or if you have questions, call Smile Restorations at 979-229-1121 today for an exam and let Doctors Mogle and Jouett evaluate your overall oral health and explain what treatment options are available to you.