Oral Health Benefits of Implant-Retained Dentures

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Oral Health Benefits of Implant-Retained Dentures

They say you can’t have your cake and eat it, too, but Jason Alsbury, LD, and our team at Apex Denture Studio disagree where your oral health is concerned. 

In this blog, we explore implant-retained dentures — the tooth replacement option that offers the convenience of removable dentures and the durability of implants all in one. 

Here’s a closer look at the plusses. 

1. You retain jawbone density

The main issue with traditional dentures is the potential for loss of jawbone density. Without a tooth root, your jawbone atrophies, leading to oral health problems and a sunken facial appearance. 

But because implant-retained dentures include “replacement roots,” there’s less chance your jawbone will deteriorate. 

2. They look most like natural teeth

Dental implants are known for looking almost exactly like natural teeth — and that’s one of the main reasons millions have already invested in them

We can control the shade, ensuring you have a beautiful, cohesive smile you can be proud of. 

Implant-retained dentures are also less bulky and cumbersome than traditional appliances, so they fit comfortably in your mouth as you go about your day. 

3. No messy adhesives

Traditional dentures need gloppy adhesive to keep them secure, and you need to reapply it often.

Though you still have to remove your implant-retained dentures before bed, they snap on and off — no mess. 

4. They’re user friendly

Do your natural teeth slide and slip when you talk, chew, and laugh? Of course not, but traditional dentures do. 

Implant-retained dentures behave like real teeth because they anchor to your jaw with a titanium post (rather than adhesive). You can rest assured that your implant-retained dentures will handle whatever life throws at them. 

You can enjoy virtually any food and smile wide, knowing your dentures won’t go anywhere. 

5. You won’t have to replace them

At least, not for a while. It’s harder to crack, break, and lose implant-retained versus traditional dentures. If you do happen to damage your dentures, come see us for repairs as soon as possible. 

Are you a candidate?

If you’re convinced implant-retained dentures are right for you, we’d love to see you for a consultation to make sure they’re suitable for you. 

You might not be a candidate (at least not right away) if you have active oral health problems and/or don’t have enough jawbone.

We can help you clean up any cavities or decay and perform bone grafting procedures to fortify your jawbone before you receive implants. 

What happens next?

Once we’ve given you the green light, we prepare for implant surgery. Implant surgery is a minor oral health procedure in which we surgically place one or more implants in your jawbone. 

Your jawbone must heal completely and accept the replacement tooth root before we place your set of customized dentures. 

After your jawbone has healed and we’ve received your final set of dentures, you leave our office with a brand-new smile and a new lease on life. 

Care for your dentures by avoiding bad habits that might harm your teeth (natural or otherwise), including avoiding hard, sticky foods and neglecting your oral hygiene routine. 

Our team is on standby if you have any questions about your dentures or need to schedule a follow-up appointment. 

Your new smile is waiting for you. Call our friendly staff at 509-204-8305 or use our online booking tool to schedule an appointment. We proudly serve patients in the Yakima and Richland, Washington, areas.