Traditional dentures just sit on your gums, but there is an option for getting dentures securely attached to your jawbone. Implant dentures attach to artificial tooth roots. This prevents your dentures from slipping when you smile, laugh, talk, or eat. You will experience improved comfort, the ability to eat all the foods you enjoyed before, and the confidence to show your smile in public, knowing it will remain in place.
Dental implants have been around for decades, and are often thought of as an alternative to dentures. They are artificial tooth roots that are implanted directly into your jawbone. Your jaw bone grows around and incorporates them. They are permanently affixed to your jawbone, the way your natural teeth were.
For implant dentures, you will have a few dental implants placed, typically 4, that will serve as anchors for your dentures. Your dentures attach securely to these dental implants. You will put them in and take them out like regular dentures, but when they’re in your mouth, they are securely attached and won’t slip.
Benefits of Implant Dentures
Implant dentures are a significant improvement over traditional dentures, they give you:
No denture cream
Less or no denture pain
Even pressure to help with jawbone retention
Implant dentures are a great compromise between traditional dentures and full-mouth restoration with dental implants. If you don’t have enough jawbone to support a full mouth of dental implants or can’t afford that option, they may be right for you.
We utilize PRF (platelet-rich fibrin) to improve our dental implant procedures. PRF is a natural healing factor that we concentrate from your own blood. We mix this with bone graft material. Then we place the mixture at the implant site. The PRF helps fight infection and stimulates healing. It helps the body rebuild bone and blood vessels around the implant.
Implant Dentures or The Denture Fountain of Youth®?
Many of the benefits of implant dentures are shared by The Denture Fountain of Youth®, neuromuscular dentures that are held in place partly by the muscles of your mouth for a more secure fit and better function. How can you decide which one is right for you?
The Denture Fountain of Youth® may be the right choice if you don’t have the jawbone necessary to support dental implants, don’t want to wait for dental implant integration, or dental implants are not advised due to periodontal issues. However, we can also adapt them to serve as implant dentures.
Implant Dentures may be right if your jawbone is a better support structure than your muscles.
During your consultation with Dr. Adam Hahn, you can discuss your denture options, and which one will give you the best results.