If you are missing all of your teeth, it can feel like you’re caught between a rock and a hard place. You can either go without teeth or face with world feeling self-conscious, or you can wear an uncomfortable, bulky denture that moves around in your mouth and irritates your gums. Fortunately, Brand New Smile Dental Implant Centers can now offer a better third option: implant-retained dentures. With implant-retained dentures, a patient will enjoy a look, feel, and level of functionality much greater than a traditional removable prosthetic, and we can provide one for you right here. To learn how it works, read on below or schedule your free consultation today.
What is an Implant-Retained Denture?
An implant-retained denture is a type of dental prosthetic than can be used to replace an entire row of missing teeth, but rather than using metal clasps or natural suction to stay in place, it relies on multiple dental implants placed directly into the jawbone. The denture itself can then be fitted onto these implants, helping them stay in place much better that the usual methods.
In order to get one, a patient must first schedule a consultation here at Brand New Smile Dental Implant Centers. During this appointment, Dr. Tim Stirneman will thoroughly examine the mouth and determine whether or a not a patient is a good candidate for dental implants. If they are, our team can perform the placement procedure. Once a patient has healed (which takes about 3-6 months), they will return to our office to receive their denture.
Implant-Retained Dentures vs. Traditional Dentures
While traditional dentures still provide an excellent solution to missing teeth, more and more dentist and patients are choosing implant-retained dentures because they offer a multitude of additional benefits:
- Stability: Because the denture itself is held in place using titanium posts located within the jaw, it is much less likely to slip, slide, pop, or click than a traditional denture.
- Comfort: Traditional dentures usually have a plate that covers the hard palate to provide stability, and this can limit a person’s ability to taste food or even cause them to gag. With an implant-retained denture, the prosthetic itself is much smaller, making them more comfortable within the mouth.
- Better Fit: Dental implants help support the jaw from within, which will prevent them from changing shape over time, and this will help the denture maintain its fit for much longer.
- Stronger Bite Force: Patients with implant-retained dentures are typically able to enjoy a much healthier diet because they are able to eat wider variety of foods than with a traditional denture.
How Much Do Implant-Retained Dentures Cost?
First and foremost, there is no “set” cost for implant-retained dentures, as every patient’s process will be personalized to meet their particular needs. Factors like how many teeth need to be replaced and the state of a person’s jawbone can directly impact the cost of getting this treatment. On average, a single dental implant can cost anywhere from $2,500-$5,000, so that will be multiplied depending on how many a patient needs.
While the overall cost might be greater than a traditional denture, it typically ends up being the better financial decision over time. Why? Not only are dental implants expected to last for about 30 years (while regular dentures only last 5-7), but they also prevent the bone degeneration that is common after tooth loss. This not only improves the overall look of the face, but it can also help a patient avoid numerous dental problems and additional treatment in the future.
Plus, our practice is happy to accept dental insurance as well as offer flexible financing, so in the end, we’ll make sure finances are never a barrier to getting your smile back.
HAVE ANY QUESTIONS?
Whether you’re finally ready to have your teeth back or just want to get rid of your dentures, Brand New Smile Dental Implant Centers is able to help. With us, we’ll make sure your teeth are the absolute last thing on your mind the next time you eat, speak, or smile.
To learn more about implant-retained dentures and what they can do for you, please schedule your free consultation today.