Implant Retained Dentures in Lincoln, NE
Dentures are a tried and true method for replacing missing teeth for edentulous (no remaining teeth) patients. Dentures restore the ability to eat a wider variety of foods, speak clearly, and smile confidently. Innovations in denture technology make most dentures fit comfortably and securely using just natural suction, avoiding messy, bad tasting dental adhesives. However, all the advantages offered by dentures do not prevent many of the detrimental effects of tooth loss. Because dentures do not replace the root system, patients with dentures experience increased wrinkles and sagging skin around the mouth as gum tissue volume is gradually reduced by pressure from dentures. Without stimulation from the root, the jawbone also loses density over time, and no matter how well patients care for their denture, they will need to be refitted multiple times over the life of the denture as bone and gum tissue is lost. With implant-supported dentures, patients replace missing teeth from the roots up improving oral health.
The Implant Process
Patients who choose to upgrade to implant-supported dentures, first need to schedule an appointment for a dental implant consultation. During an initial consultation, the dentist examines patients’ teeth, gums, and jaw taking x-rays, digital images, and impressions. Using this information, the dentist determines whether the patient is a successful candidate for implant restoration. One of the main reasons patients are unable to receive dental implants is that they have inadequate gum tissue volume or jawbone density to support an implant post. In this case, your dentist may suggest bone or gum tissue grafts, or the All-on-4 implant-retained denture system that utilizes naturally denser bone structure in the front of the jaw to support dentures.
Those patients who choose dental implant restoration will need to undergo an additional examination and assessment to determine how many implants are needed, and create a placement plan. The patient then schedules an appointment during which titanium implant posts are surgically placed below the gum line. To support a full denture, there is no need to place one implant for each individual tooth. Instead, patients typically receive five to eight evenly distributed implants that support the denture. Once the implants are placed, patients undergo a period of healing that can last three to six months. During this time, the implant post fuses with the jawbone mimicking natural root structure. Once the implants fuse with the jawbone, a dental prosthetic is permanently attached. For some patients, we can refit existing dentures to be attached to the implant posts saving time and money.
Benefits of Implant-Retained Dentures over Traditional Dentures
- Regain 70% of chewing function
- Preserve bone and gum tissue
- No need to remove for cleaning or sleeping
- No fear of slipping, sliding dentures
- Retain natural facial shape and structure
Find Out More Today
If you are interested in restoring your smile with an implant-retained dental prosthetic, contact Olberding Dental to schedule your implant consultation. Our Lincoln dentistry team is happy to answer questions, address concerns, and make treatment recommendations that work for any patient.