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Dentures, either complete or partial, are required in a number of situations where patients require the removal of teeth in the upper or lower jaw. Sometimes the removal is complete, in which case the placement of a full set of dentures meant to completely replace the missing teeth is necessary. Other times, some teeth are able to remain and do not require removal. In these instances, partial dentures are placed instead. Regardless of the type of dentures used, one of the main complaints commonly heard is the placement of the device. As some patients have a hard time achieving a secure fit, due to shifting of the dentures through use.
Thankfully, there are options available to help ensure that patients here at Santa Monica Bay Dental receive a proper, comfortable, and secure fit.
What are Implant Retained Dentures?
Implant retained dentures are used to keep dentures from shifting, and can be used in both the upper as well as lower jaw. These dentures are fitted using titanium or, in some instances, titanium alloy implants that are placed into the jaw itself. Depending on whether or not conventional or partial dentures are used, anywhere from two to four implants are placed in the lower jaw and four to eight implants are placed in the upper jaw. After these implants are securely placed in the jaw and are allowed time to attach to the jawbone, dentures can be fitted to them.
What are the Benefits of Implant Retained Dentures?
Implant retained dentures are becoming an increasingly popular solution for the easy placement of full as well as partial dentures. One of the reasons for their popularity is that they eliminate the need for any type of adhesives or pastes used to hold dentures in place, which is often preferable than dealing with sticky, messy substances. Another reason for their popularity – one of the most important, in fact – is that implant retained dentures greatly restrict the movement of conventional dentures. This is because dentures don’t usually have anything to attach to other than gum tissue, and are therefore easily shifted by something as seemingly innocuous as speaking or chewing. As previously mentioned, one our most important concerns here at Santa Monica Bay Dental is ensuring that our patients are comfortable and happy with their dentures. Not only do implant retained dentures help restrict movement, but they are also much more comfortable and secure that conventional dentures that are simply glued to the gums.
Other benefits of implant retained dentures are appearance-based, and affect both the appearance of your teeth as well as the exterior of your face. Because they help ensure the integrity of the jaw bones, implant retained dentures help to keep your facial structures intact and in shape. This also helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles around the mouth by providing needed lip support. Implant retained dentures also help create a more realistic look and feel of natural teeth.
One of our favorite benefits of implant retained dentures are the effect they have on your taste buds. Rather than covering the entire roof of your mouth, dentures attached to the implants sit much more naturally. This ensures that your taste buds are unimpeded, and allows you to truly taste the foods you love!
Call Santa Monica Bay Dental today to learn more about implant retained dentures! Call (310) 736-2277.