Dental implants are used to replace multiple missing teeth through implants into the jaw with dental bridges and/or dental crowns attached. This same dental implant procedure is used for implant retained dentures, also known as denture implants, fixed dentures or permanent dentures. They are an alternative to wearing traditional dentures which suction on to the gums. are removable.
Because implant dentures, or fixed dentures, are clipped on to the dental implants, they are more comfortable and stable compared to suctioned removable dentures. They can be an excellent option when the jaw line has begun to shrink away, which can cause stability problems with traditional dentures.
Titanium implants are used, which do not decay. The number of implants required differs from person to person, but it is often two to four implants for lower dentures, and at least four for upper dentures.
Key Benefits of Fixed Dentures
Implant retained dentures offer several benefits over traditional removable dentures, including:
- Because they are clipped in place, they do not shift around or cause irritation.
- You can eat normally and chew most foods without restriction. Traditional dentures can obstruct eating to a certain degree, so you may lose some taste and texture. However, implant retained dentures don’t cover the roof of your mouth so eating is not as restricted.
- No irritating taste of dental adhesives.
- No fear of embarrassment – you can have complete confidence that they won’t slip out of place in public – even through coughing, sneezing or laughing.
- Implants can reduce or even stop the bone loss that begins to occur once natural teeth are no longer in the jaw. The implants act as replacement natural tooth roots, so the natural process of bone shrinkage is halted.
Maintenance Of Implant Retained Dentures
Implant retained dentures are relatively easy to maintain if you have good oral hygiene habits. If you have good denture cleaning techniques and hygiene appointments every six to 12 months, they should last for many years without requiring replacement, which can also make them a cost-effective option for the long-term.
The dentures should be removed daily for cleaning. Only use an extra-soft brush and denture paste for cleaning the gums and dentures so as to avoid abrasions and irritations.