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Implant-Retained Dentures – Cary, NC

Dentures That Feel More Natural Than Ever

At one time, the only way to improve a loose denture was re-lining it or replacing it altogether. Now, dental implants are an outstanding option that provides long-lasting improvements in how your denture fits, feels and functions. With more chewing strength and stability, everyday activities like having a meal with friends are much more enjoyable. And the benefits don’t end there! Learn more below about how implant dentures work and how they can improve your quality of life after tooth loss. And if you'd like to know if implant-retained dentures are right for you, contact us anytime to schedule a consultation!

How Do Implant-Retained Dentures Work?

Digital image of an implant denture in Cary

Implant-retained dentures look very similar to traditional dentures. The key difference is that they’re anchored by dental implants rather than suction and denture adhesive. For many patients, just two to eight implants are needed per arch to support a full denture. Some types of implant dentures are fixed (non-removable), while others should be removed and cleaned each day. Dr. Koch will discuss which one is right for you during your consultation.

Am I A Candidate for Implant-Retained Dentures?

Man with implant-retained dentures smiling at the dentist

Implant-retained dentures are a great option for many people. That said, Dr. Koch will consider all of the following factors before making a recommendation:

  • Your dental history and general health
  • The mass and density of your jawbone
  • If you smoke (tobacco lowers your long-term success rate)
  • The health of your gum tissue
  • Your oral hygiene habits

The Implant-Retained Dentures Procedure

Model of an implant-retained denture for the lower jaw

This procedure is done over a period of several months and requires multiple steps. Here's a general idea of what you can expect:

  • Depending on a patient’s individual needs, any preliminary procedures will be done first such as extractions, bone grafts, or gum therapy.
  • Then a specialist will perform an in-office surgery to place the implants in your jaw.
  • Next, the implants will be given several months to bond or fuse with the jawbone, during which you’ll wear a temporary denture.
  • Last, you’ll return to our office to receive your permanent denture. We’ll make sure everything looks and feels great and provide detailed instructions for wearing and maintaining your new appliance.

Benefits Of Combining Dentures & Dental Implants

Smiling woman holding an apple after getting implant dentures

Implant-retained dentures provide many significant advantages, including:

  • Your jawbone is maintained, which will better preserve your facial shape and structure over time.
  • Your denture will feel much stronger and secure, allowing you to eat hard, tough or crunchy foods more easily.
  • You’ll need little or no denture adhesive.
  • Since your jawbone is maintained, your dentures will fit better for longer. That means far fewer costly adjustments.
  • You’ll find it easier to enunciate and speak clearly.