An implant-retained denture is a denture held in place by implants.
These dentures may be removable by the patient or fixed and are removable only by the dentist.
Prior to the advent of implants, a patient who had lost all of his or her teeth was limited to wearing complete dentures and the stability and retention of those dentures was unpredictable at best and impossible at worst. With the use of as few as two implants we are able to construct a removable denture which snaps into place and provides excellent retention and stability. With the use of more implants, it is possible to fabricate a fixed denture or a fixed bridge, which is just like having one's own teeth.
Compared to conventional removable dentures, implant-retained dentures are far superior. A person's chewing ability with complete conventional dentures is only about 15% of a person with natural teeth. Implant-retained dentures allow a person to function up to 100% as well as with complete natural teeth.
The procedure involves consulting with Dr. Higgs to determine the best course of treatment. Once decided upon, extensive dental images are taken and the chosen number of implants are placed. Once implants are healed and solidly in place, the fixed or removable dentures are fabricated and placed. Follow-up visits are necessary to clean the implants just like one would clean natural teeth and to ensure that the dentures are performing as planned. Once made, these dentures will provide years of excellent service.
Call the Chandler Dentist today at (480) 812-2800 for your free Implant-Retained Dentures consultation!