Implant-Retained Dentures – Weyauwega, WI
A Longer-Lasting, Permanent Smile
Dr. William Twohig wants you to feel good about your smile. When missing teeth cause you to feel embarrassed or ashamed of your appearance, he and his team can offer an alternative to traditional restorations – implant-retained dentures! With this permanent, longer-lasting solution, he can safely and effectively restore your smile in its entirety using ceramic implants and a fully customizable denture that creates a seamless aesthetic. To learn more about this unique tooth replacement option, contact our office today!
How Do Implant-Retained Dentures Work?
Implant-retained dentures are surgically placed restorations that offer greater stability and functionality than traditional dentures. Using your jawbone as a solid foundation, these ceramic posts are not only a safer alternative than regular titanium, but they fuse to your bone and surrounding tissue to create a base for your new, customized denture that snaps into place.
With implant-retained dentures, you will notice a dramatic, positive difference in the way you smile, eat, chew, and even talk.
Am I a Candidate for Implant-Retained Dentures?
When scheduling a consultation with Dr. Twohig, he will examine your oral cavity and facial structure to determine if you are a qualified candidate for treatment. It is necessary that you have good general oral health and a strong jawbone to receive implant-retained dentures. Why? Because your jawbone is what is needed to hold up your implants and prevent facial collapse.
When missing teeth are not treated in a timely manner, the bone can begin to weaken over time. As a result, patients inquiring about dental implants will need to undergo a bone graft or sinus lift to create a stronger structure. Because it can take several months for patients to recover from this type of oral surgery, receiving implant-retained dentures must be postponed until the bone is sufficient enough for placement.
The Implant-Retained Dentures Procedure
There are several steps that occur throughout the dental implant placement process. These include:
- Implant Consultation: During this visit, Dr. Twohig will evaluate your smile, check your bone density, recommend any pre-treatments if necessary, or take impressions for lab technicians to use when creating your custom denture.
- Surgical Placement: Once you’ve received the green light for surgery, you will receive local anesthesia to keep you relaxed throughout the procedure. During the appointment, several incisions will be made in your gums where the ceramic implants will be put into place. For an entire arch, it typically requires anywhere between 4 and 6 implants.
- Osseointegration: It will be necessary for you to return home and spend the next 3-6 months recovering. The implants must fuse with the bone and surrounding tissue in a process known as osseointegration. Once this is accomplished, you will return to our office for the last step of the implant placement process.
- Denture Placement: When you arrive to have your customized denture put into place, Dr. Twohig will make sure all implants look fully healed before snapping the prosthetic into place. It will blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile, looking and feeling like natural teeth.
Benefits of Combining Dentures & Dental Implants
- Greater stability and functionality when eating, chewing, and speaking
- Improved oral health because of the continued stimulation to the jawbone
- Fewer food restrictions
- No chance of decay
- Easy to clean and maintain
- A longer-lasting restoration that can remain in place for a lifetime with proper care and maintenance
- Enhanced appearance and a boost in confidence