Before you can truly understand what implant-retained dentures are, it’s imperative that you know how dental implants function. Unlike traditional dentures, overdentures securely attach to four dental posts. Entire rows of missing teeth are replaced without a lengthy maintenance routine or annoying denture adhesive.
Holland, PA dentist Dr. Gary Nack surgically places four biocompatible titanium dental implants into viable jawbone through a small incision in the gums. Before he can begin this procedure, Dr. Nack will inspect the condition of your gums and jawbone. It’s important that you have a healthy dental base before beginning this procedure. For patients whose jawbones aren’t durable, Dr. Nack will recommend bone grafting.
Bone grafting includes transplanting healthy bone tissue into the jawbone. This is done to establish a strong bone, which will successfully support the dental implants. Bone grafts can be taken from healthy bone tissue within your own body or donated tissue.
After the implants are surgically imbedded into healthy bone, there is a four to six month recovery time. At a follow up appointment, Dr. Nack will attach your custom-made dentures to the dental posts.
Once your implants have been inserted and healed properly, Dr. Nack will design a unique set of prosthetic teeth. He will take your facial shape, lips, gums, and skin tone into consideration. Dr. Nack uses these factors to create dentures that look and feel like natural teeth.
Caring for your overdentures is easier than maintaining traditional dentures. Dr. Nack encourages his patients to remove their dentures every day for thorough cleaning. Before you go to sleep, you should take your prosthetic teeth out and brush them as you would natural teeth. Gently floss between each tooth to remove trapped food particles. Flossing is necessary for removing harmful bacteria from the tight spaces between each tooth.
After brushing and flossing your dentures, you should brush your dental implants and gums. Bacteria should be effectively removed from your mouth to decrease your chances of developing oral disease, such as periodontal (gum) disease. The next thing that you should do is floss around each implant. Food can become trapped in the gums around the dental posts, which can lead to infection. Just as you would natural teeth, you can use an antibacterial mouthwash after caring for your dentures and implants. Dr. Nack recommends leaving your dentures out while you sleep so that your gums get a chance to rest.
No More Restrictions
A common complaint with traditional dentures is the dietary restrictions. Thankfully, this isn’t an issue with implant-retained dentures. Your overdentures will securely snap onto your dental implants, eliminating the need for dietary restrictions. Feel free to enjoy all the popcorn and steak you want!
Okay, imagine this scenario. You’re at dinner with your grandchildren and just as you open your mouth to take a bite of your dinner, your dentures fall out onto the table. Embarrassing, right? Implant-retained dentures do not fall out. Once you attach them to your implants, they won’t move, slip, or shift around. You must physically remove them, in order to take them out.
Our Holland, PA dental office serves patients from Village Shires, Feasterville-Trevose, and Southampton, as well as Buck County, Montgomery County, and Philadelphia County.