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Implant-Retained Dentures – Blackwell, OK

Make Your Denture More Reliable

When it comes to tooth replacement, dental implants are designed and created with long-term comfort and function in mind. Those who currently wear dentures likely don’t get enough of either in their daily lives. Instead of settling for a denture that constantly shifts or makes chewing food a burden, implant-retained dentures from Blackwell Dentistry offer a more comprehensive solution. Even those who aren’t typically eligible for dental implants should consider them! Contact our office to schedule your consultation.

How Do Implant-Retained Dentures Work?

An implant-retained denture.

Dental implants traditionally replace a single tooth with one implant and one restoration. However, that doesn’t mean that you need an implant to replace each individual tooth if you need to restore an entire arch. Implant-retained dentures work to maximize the use of bone tissue inside the jaw, allowing just four to six implants to anchor a full bottom or top arch of teeth. The denture itself it still made from acrylic gum tissue and porcelain teeth, but is further customized with sockets that snap onto implants integrated inside the jaw. In some cases, your current denture may even be capable of being outfitted with dental implants, but this depends on its current condition.

Am I a Candidate for Implant-Retained Dentures?

A model of an implant-retained denture.

While having enough bone volume is important for successful dental implantation, those who typically aren’t eligible for traditional implants may not necessarily be ineligible for implant-retained dentures. Since the implants are designed to integrate with the bone that is currently present, you have a better chance of being a candidate even if you’ve had dentures for a long time. Of course, a thorough examination will be performed to ensure your eligibility as well as confirm that no dental disease is present.

The Implant-Retained Dentures Procedure

An implant-retained denture.

After confirming your dental health and jaw bone structure, we’ll begin creating a surgical guide for your implants and plan your surgery for a later date. On the day of your surgery, we’ll open up your gum tissue and place the implants directly into your jaw bone, followed by closing the gum tissue to allow them to heal. In most cases, a denture can be placed the day of surgery, allowing you to retain your smile as your implants heal. Once the implants are fully integrated, we’ll schedule a second surgery and have healing caps placed so that the gum tissue properly heals around each implant. After about two weeks of healing, the caps are then replaced with permanent abutments which hold your denture.

Benefits of Combining Dentures & Dental Implants

An older couple smiling and hugging outside.

Overall, those who choose implant-retained dentures can expect many of the same benefits they’d gain from traditional dental implants. These benefits include:

  • A more stable denture
  • A stronger biting force
  • No need for denture adhesive
  • Easier maintenance (especially for fixed options)
  • Improved blood flow to the face and cheeks
  • Reduced bone resorption