What are Implant Retained Dentures?
Implant retained dentures are a revolutionary way of having secure upper and lower dentures. There are a number of options available and your Lumino dentist or clinical technician will discuss the benefits of each approach to help determine which is most appropriate for you.
Types of Implants
There are two main types of dental implants, including conventional (full) implants and mini implants. There are advantages to each type of implant, so please ask your Lumino clinician which implant solution is best for you.
What is the Procedure?
The first step is fitting your titanium or titanium alloy implants. The second step is fitting the denture to the implant. With mini implants, a removable denture can sometimes be fitted to the implant immediately. Conventional implants usually require time to fuse with the jaw bone. Once healed, the removable denture is fitted.
What are the Benefits of Implant Retained Dentures?
Because conventional dentures have no connection except to your gums, they are easily moved out of position by the tongue and lips. This is uncomfortable and can be embarrassing, but implant retained dentures are fixed in place and are much more secure.
Although no denture or implant will ever perfectly match natural teeth, we do our very best to ensure that implant retained dentures give you the look, feel and function of real teeth.
A better taste experience
Because implant retained dentures don’t cover the roof of the mouth, you will taste foods properly again!
How many implants will I need?
It depends on your needs. In most cases, two to four implants are required for the lower dentures, and four to eight are implanted in the upper denture.
Can I use my existing dentures?
Often we can modify your existing dentures to work with your new implants. That decision is based upon the condition of your old dentures and your bone and gums.
Will I feel pain before or after the procedure?
Your jaw will be numbed to ensure your comfort. You may also choose to have sedation, which will make you drowsy during the procedure.
Your dentist will give you pain relief medication to take home, which you may need to take for a short time.
Are there any risks with this surgery?
All surgical procedures have associated risks. You could develop an infection post-surgery which might delay healing. Another risk associated with this procedure is nerve damage. Your clinical technician or dentist will advise you of the degree of risk for you. In rare instances, your body rejects the implant.
Do my implants and dentures require maintenance?
You should visit your dentist every six to 12 months for a check-up and a clean, just as you would with natural teeth. They will check the condition of the implants and fitting of the denture.