When patients hear the word dentures they automatically picture false sets of teeth that need to be taken out and placed in water overnight. However, times have changed and thanks to implant-retained dentures, the days of removing and cleaning dentures are all but gone. Implant-retained dentures are the most advanced form of denture – they are anchored by structurally sound dental implants, which are titanium screws fixed into sockets in the jaw and provide unrivalled structural support.
Normal dentures are held in place by the natural suction of the gums, whereas implant-retained dentures are supported by the permanent fixture of dental implants. This has a range of benefits for the patient and they can be used to support both partial and complete dentures.
The procedure to place implants is carried out under local anaesthetic to ensure it is pain-free. If you are nervous about having treatment or have a phobia of injections, please do not hesitate to talk to the dentist prior to the procedure.
The combination of dentures and implants helps to address many of the problems associated with wearing dentures. The benefits include:
If you have missing teeth and would like to enjoy the best possible aesthetics and function, implant-retained dentures may be an ideal solution. They are generally recommended for people who have good oral health and non-smokers. Your dentist will be able to advise if you are an appropriate candidate or recommend a suitable alternative.