When you lose your natural teeth, your physical and emotional health suffer because you may not be able to speak clearly, your jawbone can atrophy, and your ability to chew certain foods diminishes. Anthony J. Hansen, LD, and his experienced team at Hansen Denture Center in Bellingham, Washington, can replace your missing teeth with a secure and natural-looking option called implant retained dentures. To make sure you’re a candidate for implant dentures, call the office today or schedule your appointment online.
While regular dentures rest on your gums using an adhesive, implant-supported dentures are a type of denture that’s supported by and attached to implants in your jawbone. Dr. Hansen recommends these dentures when you have sufficient bone in your jaw to support the implants.
Advantages to having implant-supported dentures include:
To determine if you’re a candidate for implant-supported dentures, Hansen Denture Center refers you to an oral surgeon who specializes in placing implants.
There are two types of implant-supported dentures.
With ball-retained dentures, each of the implants in your jawbone has a ball-like metal attachment that fits into sockets on your denture.
Dr. Hansen and his team make these dentures to fit over the top of a thin metal bar in the shape of your jaw. This bar is attached to 2-5 implants in your jawbone. Additionally, the metal bar has clips that secure your dentures to it.
Dr. Hansen refers you to an oral surgeon who determines if you have enough jawbone available for implants.
Assuming you have enough bone density, the next step is for the oral surgeon to place titanium screws into your jaw.
Once this is done, it’ll take 3-6 months for your implants and jawbone to bond together, forming anchors for your dentures.
Regular dentures rest on your gums, using an adhesive to keep them in place. This can cause your gums to have sore spots.
Implant-supported dentures work well when you have enough jawbone density to accommodate the titanium implants. Because of this, implant-supported dentures are sturdy and don't slip. With conventional dentures, there’s always the possibility of them slipping out of your mouth.
Using implants stimulates your jawbone, and this helps keep your jawbone from atrophying. Without implants, your jawbone density decreases by 25% within the first year of losing your teeth.
Conventional dentures don’t stimulate your jawbone, so over time it shrinks, and your facial appearance changes.
If you’re missing all of your teeth and would like long-lasting dentures that look and function like natural teeth, call Hansen Denture Center today or book your appointment online.