Implant Anchored DenturesThe Woodlands, TX
Implant anchored dentures are among the most natural-looking full teeth replacement options available on the market today. Unlike removable dentures, they do not slide around in the mouth. In addition to resembling natural teeth, implant anchored dentures also function like natural teeth.
Implant anchored dentures are available at Montgomery County Periodontal Associates in The Woodlands and the surrounding area. Get your smile back. Call us today at 281-404-7548 to schedule an appointment or learn more about our services.
Implant Anchored Dentures vs. Removable Dentures
Dentures are a popular option when it comes to replacing a full set of teeth. Patients can choose from one of two options: implant anchored dentures (also known as implant supported dentures or fixed snap-in dentures) and removable dentures. The primary differences between these two are obvious — while implant anchored dentures are fixed in the mouth, removable dentures can be taken out at will.
According to the American Dental Association, there are multiple reasons patients may choose implant anchored dentures over removable dentures. For one thing, they tend to be more comfortable. Since they are fixed in the mouth, they cannot slide around and dislodge. Additionally, implant anchored dentures can replace both the missing teeth and some of the tooth roots. They effectively fuse with the jawbone, allowing them to function like natural teeth.
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Types of Implant Anchored Dentures
There are two main types of implant anchored dentures: ball retained and bar retained. Both types are supported by several implants in the jawbone, and the dentures are generally made of a natural-looking porcelain or acrylic material. While the two are very similar, they differ mainly in how they connect to the implants.
Ball retained dentures, also known as stud attached dentures, offer a more direct attachment. Small, ball-shaped attachments on either side of the implant connect with a socket on the dentures. Bar retained dentures involve a metal bar following the natural curve of the jaw and anchored in place with the implants. The dentures hold the bar in place by connecting to them directly.
How Implant Anchored Dentures Work
It may take up to six months to place implant anchored dentures. To begin with, Dr. Mason must first surgically insert the implants into the jawbone. The next two to six months are reserved for osseointegration, a process in which the bone fuses with the implants. Patients may wear temporary, removable dentures during this time.
Afterward, many patients must undergo a second surgery to attach a locator to the implants. These locators serve as an anchor for the dentures, and the surgery requires about a two-week-long healing period. However, in some cases, patients may be able to have both procedures done at the same time. Dr. Mason can determine what the best option is for each patient during a one-on-one consultation.
Advantages of Implant Anchored Dentures
According to the American Academy of Periodontology, dental implants provide several advantages — the most significant benefit being that they look and feel like natural teeth. They are also designed to be long-lasting, as they fuse directly with the jawbone. This allows patients to bite and chew as they normally would — unlike traditional dentures.
Since dental implants fuse with the jawbone, they also lead to less bone loss than traditional dentures. Traditional dentures often cause the bone previously surrounding the tooth roots to deteriorate (or resorb). As such, implant anchored dentures are typically both easier to maintain and more aesthetically pleasing than their conventional counterparts.
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Implant anchored dentures can give you a reason to smile. We at Montgomery County Periodontal Associates can help. Call us today at 281-404-7548 to schedule an appointment or learn more about our services.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a good candidate for implant anchored dentures?
Anyone missing one or more teeth may be a good candidate for implant anchored dentures, regardless of their age. However, you must meet certain health requirements for successful placement. Dr. Mason can determine whether implant anchored dentures are right for you after a thorough physical examination.
Does it hurt to get implant anchored dentures?
Though we will take all the necessary steps to prioritize your safety and comfort during the procedure, it is important to remember that every patient's pain tolerance level is different. You will also be placed under local anesthesia during the surgery to minimize any discomfort. Additionally, many patients find that implant anchored dentures hurt less than traditional dentures, as they do not have to worry about the dentures rubbing against the gums.
Are there any potential disadvantages of implant anchored dentures?
Every surgery carries its own unique set of risks. For dental implants, these may be infection, inflammation, and pain. Additionally, patients must have adequate bone to place the implant; otherwise, bone grafting and gum grafting procedures may be necessary. Dr. Mason can tell you what to expect in a one-on-one consultation.
How successful are dental implants?
The success rate of dental implants varies on an individual basis. However, healthy patients with good oral hygiene and good health can expect a success rate anywhere from 90 to 95%.
How long do dental implants last?
The good news is that dental implants are not susceptible to dental disease, meaning they are built to be long-lasting. Still, dental implants can only be successful if the patient is vigilant in maintaining their gum health. Patients should keep regular professional cleanings and checkups and maintain their oral hygiene by brushing at least twice daily and flossing at least once nightly.
What is it like to recover from implant anchored denture placement?
It is not uncommon to experience a moderate amount of swelling and mild bruising after surgery. These side effects should subside rather quickly. We may also prescribe you antibiotics to ward off infection. Most patients are recommended to take it easy for about a week before returning to their everyday activities. You may notice a slight change in speech directly following the surgery. This is temporary and will subside as you get used to the device.
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