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Implant-Retained Dentures – St. Peters, MO

Upgrade Your Denture, Smile with Confidence

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If you’ve been using a traditional denture for a long time, you may have noticed some setbacks that come with it. For example, you’re likely tired of how it slips and shifts out of place at the most inconvenient times. Whether you’re having trouble eating meals or speaking with loved ones, ill-fitting dentures can be a chore to deal with day after day. However, implant-retained dentures in St. Louis can provide a better long-term solution for severe tooth loss. Learn how they work and whether they are right for you by giving us a call!

How Do Implant-Retained Dentures Work?

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Traditional dentures mainly rely on the shape of the mouth as well as natural suction to remain fixed in place. In contrast, implant-retained dentures are attached to a series of dental implants that are placed ahead of time, then given time to heal and integrate with your organic oral structures, particularly the bone tissue. As a result, the denture has a much more solid foundation to remain in place, even when chewing foods that a traditional denture would not be able to handle. While many people opt for fixed dentures, the restoration can also be designed to be removable.

Am I A Candidate for Implant-Retained Dentures?

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Dental implants have become more advanced over the years and the procedure has been possible for more and more patients as a result. However, there are a few qualifications you’ll need to meet before you can safely receive them. For example, Dr. Makwana will need to confirm if enough bone tissue is available before dental implants can be safely placed. He will also have to make sure your gum tissue is healthy and that your overall oral health (especially your gum health) is in good condition. If you’re deemed eligible to receive implant-retained dentures, we can start taking steps towards your oral surgery.

The Implant-Retained Dentures Procedure

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Dental implants need to be surgically placed into the jaw before a restoration can be attached, regardless of whether you’re replacing a single tooth or all the teeth in your arch. To create sufficient room for the implants, small holes are created in the jaw. After the implants are secured, they’ll be given time to heal and integrate with the bone and gum tissue. The healing process typically takes four to six months to complete and you’ll be given a temporary restoration to use in the meantime. Once the implants have fully healed, abutments (connectors for the denture) are then attached. After an additional two weeks of healing, you’ll receive your permanent denture.

Benefits Of Combining Dentures & Dental Implants

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When you choose dental implants to hold a denture, you can expect many benefits that are simply not possible with traditional tooth replacement methods. For example, implant-retained dentures:

  • Provide a longer-lasting tooth replacement, averaging about 30 years and longer of use
  • Restore bone stimulation, providing you a stronger biting force to eat your favorite foods
  • Make your smile look more natural overall thanks to improved blood flow to the cheeks
  • Offer easier day-to-day oral care and maintenance