Implant-Retained Dentures – Metairie, LA
A Whole New Smile, a Whole New You
If you have lost all or most of your teeth, you know all too well the struggles that can come with missing teeth. Perhaps you find it difficult to enjoy your favorite foods, and maybe you hesitate to smile for pictures or when you are out in public. While traditional dentures can help to mitigate such issues, we often recommend that patients opt for implant-retained dentures instead. Dental implants in Metairie can help you to enjoy the most functional, natural-feeling, and natural-looking smile possible.
How Do Implant-Retained Dentures Work?
Implant-retained dentures, sometimes simply called implant dentures in Metairie, are anchored in the jawbone via a number of small prosthetic tooth roots (dental implants). The implants help the prosthetic teeth to remain absolutely stable during eating and speaking, a fact that eliminates many of the hassles that come with traditional dentures.
There are essentially two types of implant-retained dentures:
- An overdenture, which easily “snaps” onto and off of the implants with the help of small attachments
- A permanently fixed denture, which can only be removed by your implant dentist in Metairie
Am I a Candidate for Implant-Retained Dentures?
In general, candidates for implant-retained dentures:
- Have lost all or most of their teeth
- Have adequate bone density and bone height in their jaw to support dental implants
- Are tired of their traditional dentures or have no desire to try traditional dentures as a tooth replacement solution
- Maintain excellent oral hygiene habits
- Want to experience the gold standard of tooth replacement
The Implant-Retained Dentures Procedure
First, Dr. Ferguson will need to confirm that your mouth is healthy enough to support dental implants. During your consultation, she will also answer any questions you have about the procedure. After you decide to commit to implant dentures, you’ll undergo a minimally invasive surgery, wherein a number of dental implants will be inserted into your jaw at precise, pre-planned positions.
Following your surgery, you’ll go through a healing period, which will last for at least a few months. During hat time, the implants will actually fuse with the bone around them in a process known as osseointegration. They will thus be able to act as the sturdiest base possible for your new teeth. Once osseointegration is complete, Dr. Ferguson will design and place your beautiful new denture.
Benefits of Combining Dentures & Dental Implants
Some of the most outstanding benefits of implant-retained dentures include:
- While traditional dentures require you to take certain precautions when you are eating, implant-retained dentures deliver function that rivals that of natural teeth.
- Traditional dentures usually need to be replaced every 5 – 8 years or so. Implant dentures have the potential to last much longer.
- Bone preservation. Dental implants stimulate the jawbone and prevent the deterioration that commonly occurs after tooth loss.
- Whether you have a permanently fixed implant denture or a removable one, it will be easy for you to care for your new smile.
- Natural appearance. Ferguson carefully designs implant dentures so they are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth.
Are you ready to learn more about implant-retained dentures and how they may benefit you? Contact our friendly team today.