Implant-Retained Dentures – Fairfax, VA
Regain a Strong, Healthy Smile
After you’ve lost every tooth in your mouth, it may seem that your days of having a strong smile are behind you. However, the truth is that you don’t have to settle for dentures and all the pitfalls that come with them. Dr. Barakat and our team at Mosaic Smiles can dramatically improve your restored smile with implant-retained dentures. When you combine your dentures with dental implants, you basically get a second chance with the closest thing to a natural smile. Keep reading the information below to learn more about this advanced treatment.
How Do Implant-Retained Dentures Work?
Traditional dentures stay in place by simply resting on top of the gums (for the lower teeth) or using suction (for upper teeth). Although biting power is dramatically less than with natural teeth, at first, traditional dentures look natural and work well enough to get by in daily functions. However within only a couple of years, your dentures can become loose, further reducing your ability to bite and chew your food. Instead, implant-retained dentures are securely fastened to posts that are embedded in the jaw bone. These posts act like tooth roots holding your replacement teeth firmly in place.
Am I a Candidate for Implant-Retained Dentures?
In order to ensure success, we need to perform thorough examinations before beginning the implant process. Those who are in good oral health (i.e., have no infections like gum disease) and have enough jaw bone to support implants may be eligible for this procedure. However, even if you do not initially meet these criteria, we can likely perform procedures that get you into a position where you do qualify for implants. For example, if you have gum disease, we can fully treat the condition and get you back to full health. During your consultation with Dr. Barakat, he can let you know whether any preparatory procedures are needed and if dental implants are a good fit for your smile.
The Implant-Retained Dentures Procedure
Once you and Dr. Barakat have met and decided to move forward with dental implants, we can begin the process, which starts out with the implant placement procedure. Four to six implants are inserted strategically in the arch beneath the gums to replicate natural tooth roots. Over several months, the stimulated jaw bone grows and envelops the implant posts, giving them security. Then, connection pieces called abutments are placed, and we take impressions of your mouth so that we can create a custom full denture specifically to fit your mouth. Finally, we attach the denture to the implants, giving you a comfortable, complete smile.
Benefits of Combining Dentures & Dental Implants
Putting these two methods of replacing teeth together gives you many advantages over traditional dentures alone. These advantages include the following:
- Natural feeling. The implants mimic natural tooth structure, which helps your bite feel like it used to.
- Biting strength. With a firmer foundation, your teeth feel strong enough to handle more nutritious foods.
- High success rate. Even ten years after placement, dental implants are 98 percent successful.
- Long lifespan. While traditional dentures need to be readjusted about every other year and completely replaced about every five to seven years, implant-retained dentures can last over 30 years.
Are you interested in learning more about implant-retained dentures? Contact Mosaic Smiles to schedule your consultation with Dr. Barakat.