Removable Implant DenturesHouston, TX
Removable implant dentures, also known as implant-supported removable dentures or overdentures, offer a more reliable alternative to traditional options. For adults in need of teeth replacement, Eva Boldridge, DMD, PA, is a prosthodontist that offers this type of removable denture to restore a patient’s smile.
Are you considering dentures for tooth replacement but want to know what all your options are? Our team can help. Call us today at (281) 779-4022 to make an appointment or for more information.
What are Removable Implant Dentures
Most people may have heard of fixed implant-supported or traditional removable dentures, many patients are choosing removable implant dentures. These dentures offer the stability of fixed implant-supported dentures with the removable function of traditional dentures. Removable Implant dentures consist of prosthetic crowns and pink acrylic simulated gum tissue.
This prosthetic setup attaches to dental implants with abutments covering them. Think of removable implant dentures as a hybrid of the two types of dentures, removable dentures attached by implants instead of adhesive.
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Who is a Good Candidate for Removable Implant Dentures
People have vastly different oral situations and medical concerns from one another. Thus, not all patients are candidates for this procedure. During a consultation, our team will help determine the most effective treatment for the patient and how to proceed. Here are a few reasons someone would be a good candidate for removable implant dentures:
- If someone is missing close to all of their front and bottom teeth
- A person who does not have a severe tooth grinding/clenching problem that puts too much pressure on implants
- If someone has the jaw bone to support the implant
- If someone can follow a thorough daily cleaning and maintenance routine
Advantages of Removable Implant Dentures
In some cases, patients find that removable implant dentures appear to be similar to natural teeth. With the customized fit and natural appearance, there is a much lower chance of people noticing the dentures are artificial teeth.Patients also do not have to worry about the dentures slipping or falling out while eating or talking.
In addition, as with fixed implant dentures, the titanium posts fuse with the jawbone helping to stop further jawbone loss. This benefit carries with it both functional and cosmetic benefits. Our team will be happy to discuss all the ways these teeth replacement solutions may benefit you at the consultation.
The Process of Getting Removable Implant Dentures
Though every patient’s procedure differs slightly based on several factors, there are many similarities. During step one, we will place the titanium posts in the jawbone. The number of posts needed will depend on the patient’s unique case. It will take about three to six months for the jawbone to merge with the posts in a process known as osseointegration.
Following this process, we may need to place abutments on top of the titanium post to help attach the removable dentures to the implants. In some cases, patients may not have a strong-enough jawbone to support the implant and will need to receive a bone graft procedure. This procedure takes bone tissue from another area on the patient’s body or from a donor and grafts it onto the patient’s teeth.
Following this process, the patient will then be able to wear their new, customized dentures. Our practice offers prosthodontic, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry services to help patients achieve a natural-looking and functional smile. Removable implant dentures provide these benefits, along with being removable when necessary.
Getting the Most Out of Your Removable Implant Dentures
Patients can also continue to enjoy the foods and lifestyle they love, without their dentures holding them back. With proper care and maintenance, removable dentures can last 10 to 20 years. As much as they look like natural teeth, patients cannot leave them in and brush them like natural teeth. Patients need to remove the dentures and brush them with a special denture brush, antibacterial soap, and water. Then, the patient should soak them in water overnight in a special denture case. Also, at least once a week, patients should soak the dentures with a gentle denture-cleaning tablet in water.
Dental visits every 6 months can help ensure the dentures remain in good shape. John A. Hodges, DDS, FICOI, a Covington, Washington based implant specialist, who lectures on the subject nationally, states that dentists should probe implants at recall visits, get radiographs of implants once a year, photograph areas of concern for future reference, and check the need for relines once a year.
Call Us Today
If you are ready for a teeth replacement option you can count on, then removable implant dentures may be right for you. Our team is ready to answer your questions and clear up any concerns. To learn more about removable implant dentures, call our office today at (281) 779-4022 for more information or to make an appointment.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much do removable implant dentures cost?
That all depends on what will be involved in your process. Because getting dentures, any kind of dentures is reconstructive/restorative; there is a chance insurance will cover it. You would have to consult with your insurance provider. Sometimes payment plans can be worked out by the provider or a third party.
Why not just get fixed implant dentures?
That choice is not always an option for everyone. Fixed implant dentures require more jawbone support than other options. Also, they are generally more expensive than the removable kind. Our prosthodontist can go over possible options with you and determine which one best meets your needs.
What happens during the three to six months while waiting for the implants to fuse with my jawbone?
First off, you will likely be given a pair of immediate dentures. These are temporary dentures people wear over their gums for protection and cosmetic reasons until their permanent dentures are ready or, in the case of implants, the mouth is ready for them. Our staff will advise you on how to care for your mouth during this waiting period.
What if there is a problem with my fixed implant denture?
Call our office right away. We are not just here for our patients during the procedure but after as well. In the immediate period, we will be here if there are any problems with healing or fit. Long-term, we are here if there are any repairs or adjustments to be made.
Will the procedure be painful?
We understand this question better than anyone. This process can involve a lot of surgery. However, what we hear from most patients is that the discomfort was nowhere near what they expected and quickly forgotten as they began to enjoy their new smiles. Talk to our team, and discuss your options for making the procedure or procedures as comfortable as possible.
How long will it take for me to get used to my new smile?
The process is different for everyone. Most report it only takes a few weeks. However, if someone has been without teeth for a while, they can expect the adjustment period to be longer. The good news is that part of that adjustment period will not include worry over dentures slipping or falling while you are eating or speaking.
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