By the age of 50, most Americans have lost at least 12 teeth, and many are completely edentulous, which means they have no teeth at all. Dentures and partial dentures are perhaps the most common solution for most people who have lost some or all of their teeth. Implant-retained dentures are a revolutionary option available in the modern-day.
A Closer Look at Implant-Retained Dentures
Implant-retained dentures are dentures that are secured in place with an implant that gets surgically installed into the jawbones. Most denture wearers will require a series of implants to support each arch properly. Individuals looking for support for a partial denture may not need as many implants for support.
To place the implants, the dentist will do a series of x-rays and a thorough oral examination to determine precisely where the supporting implants should be placed. The dentures themselves may have to be altered to attach to the implants if you already have a prosthetic device you wish to use. In some cases, special dentures or partials will have to be created that will work well with the new implants.
How You Know You’re a Good Candidate for Implant-Retained Dentures
Even though getting implants to support your dentures or a partial is a good idea, not every patient is a good candidate for the procedure. Implants are much different from traditional dental appliances that can be removed; implants require surgical placement of a support system. In general, people who have a healthy mouth and healthy gum tissue are the best candidates for implant retention, but patients should also be vigilant about their oral health and oral hygiene.
Advantages of Implant-Retained Dentures and Partials
- Gain more chewing power with the denture or partial
- Eliminate reliance on denture adhesives
- Avoid shifting denture appliances changing how you speak
- Forgo problems with dentures having to be repeatedly realigned
Learn More About Implant-Retained Dentures and Partials in Medina, OH
For those who rely on dentures or partials, implants to hold those devices stable can completely change their satisfaction with their smile. If you are interested in learning more about implant-retained dentures or partials, contact us at Evanko Dental Group in Medina, OH for a consultation with our skilled professionals.