Implant-retained dentures are a great way to have secure dentures with a nice fit and get rid of loose dentures which can slip any time you eat or speak. The number of implants required to support a denture varies according to the needs of the patient. Most cases require four to eight implants to secure an upper denture in place, and two to four implants for a lower denture.
The procedure involves placing titanium screws into the jawbone. At first, a removable denture is placed on the implants and the implants are then allowed to make a bond with the jawbone. Implants usually take 3 to 6 months to osseointegrate with the jawbone. Dentures are fixed to the implants once the healing is complete and implants are well integrated into the bone.
Implant-retained dentures are considered superior to conventional removable dentures because:
- Implant-retained dentures preserve the jawbone which improves esthetics and maintains facial profile by preventing bone loss
- There are no dietary restrictions and you can fully appreciate the taste of your favorite foods. Conventional dentures cover the palate (roof of the mouth), hampering your taste sensation.
- No more embarrassing moments while eating or speaking because implant-retained dentures are fixed and cannot slip out of the mouth like removable dentures
- Increased comfort because implant-retained dentures look, feel, and work just like natural teeth
- No pressure sores and irritation of the gums