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Dental implants are proving popular these days and for good reason. Not only do dental implants look extremely natural, but they’re also very versatile. As the closest thing to natural teeth, dental implants can replace the entire tooth structure (down to the root) and, for this reason, look, feel, and function much like the real thing. That being said, did you know that dental implants can also be used to support an entire set of dentures? That’s right! At Advanced Indiana, we provide retained denture implants to patients looking for a more reliable set of dentures.
As any denture wearer will tell you, conventional dentures aren’t the most ideal substitute for real teeth. This is due to the fact that they often don’t fit securely enough, often slipping out of place. This makes a conventional set of dentures more difficult to eat and/or speak with. Further, they can make your mouth and gums extremely sore over time. Retained denture implants, on the other hand, are truly the next best thing to a mouth full of teeth. There are many benefits of retained denture implants, which is what we’ll be highlighting today!
What Are Retained Denture Implants?
Before we talk in-depth about the benefits of retained denture implants, it’s important that you have an idea of what they are. Put simply, rather than resting on your gums like traditional dentures do, retained denture implants either clip or snap onto dental implants. This means that they remain securely in place until they are removed for cleaning. Most often, only two or four dental implants are required to hold a lower denture in place. This is a benefit in itself because lower dentures tend to be the most problematic due to the fact that they rely solely on that bony ridge for support and retention.
Replacing an upper denture with retained denture implants, on the other hand, will likely require more implants for support as compared to a lower denture. Despite this, a retained denture implant for the upper denture is constructed into a horseshoe shape much like the lower denture. This means that not only is your upper palate uncovered, but it will also feel less bulky. So, what are the benefits you can expect from retained denture implants? Let’s find out!
While conventional dentures are known for slipping out of place often, retained denture implants are known for staying snugly in place. This is due to the fact that retained denture implants are held in place by small titanium posts which are rooted into the jaw itself. These implants are placed into the jaw surgically and provide greater stability that the adhesive used in conventional dentures could never match.
Hard to Distinguish from Real Teeth
Conventional dentures sit on the gum line, making it more noticeable that you’re wearing dentures. This is something that wearers of traditional dentures complain about time and time again. Those with retained denture implants, on the other hand, report that their dentures give a much more natural appearance. This is because they are instead secured beneath the gum line. After having retained denture implants placed, you’ll be hard pressed to tell them apart from real teeth. This is a huge benefit for retained denture implants that has made them so popular in recent years.
Chewing, Biting, and Speaking is Much Easier
Retained denture implants are held in place securely and, as you may be able to infer, this makes using them much easier. With retained denture implants, patients can chew, bite, and speak just as they would with their natural teeth. Whether biting into a crunchy apple or spending time with your loved ones, you’ll never have to worry about your dentures slipping out of place and ruining the moment!
Preventing Bone Loss
Finally, and perhaps one of the most important benefits of retained denture implants, you can expect to halt the bone loss that is so common in conventional dentures. Conventional dentures can’t prevent the bone loss that occurs when teeth are lost with the soft tissues that supported them withering away due to non-use. Retained denture implants, on the other hand, stimulate and regenerate the growth of both bone and soft tissues, much in the same way that the natural tooth root would.
Learn More About Retained Denture Implants at Advanced Indiana!
Now that you know the most important benefits of retained denture implants, you likely see why they have become the more popular option as compared to conventional dentures. If you’d like to learn more about retained denture implants for yourself, book an appointment at Advanced Indiana! Our dental staff will not only identify whether or not retained denture implants are a suitable option for you, but they will also provide more detail about the procedure itself.
Give us a call today at (765) 622-7000 (our Anderson office) or (317) 485-7000 (our Fortville office). We look forward to offering you exceptional dental care services!