Implant Retained Dentures
Implant Retained Dentures
Implant Retained Dentures Columbus, OH
Implant retained dentures are a great alternative to traditional dentures if you require replacement of many teeth. Implant retained dentures do not require many dental implants to be successful. Two to six implants can restore an entire arch of teeth to function just like your natural teeth. By requiring fewer implants, the implant retained dentures are more affordable and less invasive than implant supported dentures. This restoration makes it easier to talk and eat without discomfort, but implant supported dentures will still need to be removed at night for cleaning.
At East Columbus Periodontic and Implant Dentistry, our entire team loves helping you develop optimal oral health as well as a functional and healthy smile. Our team uses forward thinking treatments and state-of-the-art technology, to ensure the most comfortable treatment for you. Our practice focuses on delivering personal care and developing individual treatment plans based on your unique needs. We emphasize preventive care and patient education because we want you to understand why it is important to keep your mouth healthy and how to do it. We are located at 5180 E. Main St., Suite A, Columbus, OH, 43213. Please call us today at 614-864-2561 to establish an appointment for an evaluation of the benefits of implant retained dentures for you.
What is Implant Retained Dentures?
Instead of simply resting on your gums and held in place with an adhesive, implant retained dentures will clip or snap onto dental implants, remaining securely in place until you remove them for cleaning. You will enjoy having teeth that feel both strong and stable. This solution is a very cost-effective way to restore your ability to bite, chew, eat, and speak comfortably and confidently. We will use two or four dental implants to hold your lower denture in place. Lower dentures tend to be more problematic because they rely on that bony ridge for proper support and retention. An upper arch implant retained dentures may need more dental implants for support but there will be a bonus. An implant retained upper denture is designed in a horseshoe shape, just like the lower, so it will feel less bulky, and your upper palate will be uncovered exposing more taste buds. It will be more comfortable to wear allowing you to taste food more easily.
The Benefits of Implant Retained Dentures
Compared to a traditional denture, implant retained dentures offer a wide range of benefits, including:
- The snap on denture design provides better stability and security.
- Additional security throughout your entire day.
- No rubbing or sore spots from slippage.
- A slimmer, more natural design.
- You will find it much easier to talk, bite, chew and eat.
- No dental adhesives are necessary.
- The implants improve current jawbone health, stopping jawbone atrophy.
- They are far more comfortable to wear.
- No slippage, they will never fall out.
How Do Implant Retained Dentures Work
There are two variations of implant retained dentures, either ball-retained or bar-retained. With both treatments, the denture appliance will be custom designed of an acrylic tray that will look like your gums. Custom fabricated porcelain or acrylic artificial teeth that look like your natural teeth are then attached to the base. Both types require at least two dental implants for support.
- Ball-retained dentures (stud-attachment dentures) — Each dental implant that is surgically placed in the jawbone aligns perfectly with a clip on the backside of the denture tray. The attachments on the implant posts are ball-shaped attachments, and they fit into socket like attachments on the denture tray.
- Bar-retained dentures — A very thin metal bar following the exact curve of your jaw is attached to two to five implants that have been placed in your jawbone. Then clips are fitted to the denture. The denture fits snuggly over the bar and is secured by the clips.
The Cost of Your Implant Retained Denture
The cost of your implant retained denture treatment will vary depending on your individual needs and your personal treatment plan. We will discuss with you the cost of your treatment and each of your available payment options before we begin, so that you can make the best choice for your situation.
The Implant Retained Denture Procedure
During your initial exam, East Columbus Periodontic and Implant Dentistry will review your medical and dental history, take X-rays, and then create impressions of your teeth and gums so that we can make a model. We may order a computed tomography (CT) scan of your mouth. This will show us the exact location of your nerves as well as your sinus cavity. A CT scan also reveals the jawbone density and helps us find the precise position for your implants. If you are currently not wearing a denture to replace your natural teeth, we will provide one. You will use this temporary denture until the implant retained denture procedure is completed.
We surgically place the implants in the jawbone at the front of your mouth because there is more jawbone density to work with. This is true even if teeth have been missing for some time. Once you lose your teeth, you begin to lose bone in the area. The front of the jaw does not have as many nerves or other structures that will interfere with the placement of your implants.
Two surgeries are usually required. At the first one East Columbus Periodontic and Implant Dentistry surgically places the titanium implant posts into the jawbone. The second surgery will expose the tops of these posts to add extensions or abutments to reach the gumline surface. The second procedure comes several months after the first giving the posts adequate time to grow or fuse to your jawbone. After the second surgery is completed and the gums are healed as well, we will place your final set of dentures on either your ball retained, or bar retained system and your new implant retained denture is finished.
WHAT OUR PATIENTS SAY
Dr. Levy and the staff are wonderful, friendly, caring people. They make you feel calm during what can be a very stressful time. I had a deep cleaning & extraction yesterday and it was painless and quick. I was in and out in just a little over an hour. I received instructions for my aftercare along with the items needed to take care of my mouth. I feel wonderful today, no pain and eating normally. If you have anxiety about visiting the dentist, come see Dr. Levy and staff, they will put you at ease and take good care of you!
- Christi L
Everyone made me feel so welcomed even though I was nervous, Dr. Levy was great and informative made me feel very comfortable. I would recommend this office to anyone.
- Dee H.
Affordable Payment Plans
Your smile is an invaluable asset, and we want to make it as easy as possible for you to receive the best dental care when you need it. East Columbus Periodontic and Implant Dentistry accepts most major credit cards and insurance plans. Our office staff is always available to help you with insurance claims and any paperwork. We work with your insurance provider to make sure that your coverage meets your needs and your budget.
Please let us know if you have any questions about your insurance coverage.
A Mission Statement YOU can Trust for High Quality Periodontal Care
The entire team at East Columbus Periodontic and Implant Dentistry is focused on providing you with excellence in periodontal and implant care in a concerned, caring, gentle, friendly, and relaxed environment.
Our philosophy of care is multidisciplinary, to create partnerships with your general dentist as well as other dental specialists and provide you with the most comprehensive treatment planning and care that is available today.
Our team believes that communication is crucial for both you and us, both in written documentation and verbal communication. Value-based decisions are at the cornerstone of our personalized treatment for you. We are located at 5180 E. Main St., Suite A, Columbus, OH, 43213. Please call us today at 614-864-2561 to establish an appointment that works for your schedule.