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Implant-Retained Dentures – Humble, TX

A Sturdy New Smile You Can Trust

older woman admiring her implant-retained dentures in Humble in the mirror

If you’re missing all of your teeth, you have probably considered wearing dentures at some point. However, traditional dentures are notorious for slipping or even falling out of your mouth when you’re just trying to eat or talk. Not to mention, they often lose their fit over the years and become uncomfortable. Thanks to implant-retained dentures, all of those problems are a thing of the past. These prosthetic teeth are secured with four to six dental implants. Dr. Cabrera and Dr. Vargas both have the specialized training required to place implants in-house. If you’re ready for a sturdy new smile you can trust, contact Progressive Dental Group today to schedule your consultation.

How Do Implant-Retained Dentures Work?

diagram of implant-retained denture on bottom arch

As the name implies, these dentures are attached to dental implants, which are little titanium posts that replicate the roots of missing teeth by being surgically inserted into the jawbone. Ordinarily, dental implants are placed vertically. With implant-retained dentures, though, the two posts toward the back of the mouth are inserted at a 45-degree angle. This means that even patients who have suffered from jawbone loss due to missing teeth may still be able to undergo the procedure without the need for bone grafting beforehand.

Am I A Candidate for Implant-Retained Dentures?

hand holding model of implant-retained denture

One of the many wonderful things about dental implants is that most patients who are missing teeth are good candidates for them. You just might require some preparatory work first. Patients with extensive jawbone loss may need a bone graft. If you have gum disease, you’ll have to get that addressed before implant placement. After we’ve determined your eligibility and your consultation and finished any preliminary procedures, you can schedule your implant surgery.

The Implant-Retained Dentures Procedure

older man sitting at table and holding his glasses in his hands

During the surgery, your mouth is numbed, and we insert four to six implants throughout your jaw at strategic angles based on the x-rays taken at your consultation. Since it takes three to six months for the implants to completely integrate with your jawbone, we usually can’t place your permanent denture immediately afterward. We might, however, place a temporary denture so that you don’t have to go without teeth. Once your jaw has finished healing, we’ll exchange your temporary denture for your permanent set of pearly whites.

Benefits of Combining Dentures & Dental Implants

Compared to traditional dentures alone, implant-retained dentures offer several advantages, including:

  • Traditional dentures only restore about 20% of your original biting force, while implant-retained dentures replenish 70% or more.
  • Although implant-retained dentures have a higher initial price tag, you’ll actually save money in the long run. Regular dentures must be adjusted or replaced every few years, but those secured by implants won’t lose their fit over the years. You can trust them to last for several decades, possibly even a lifetime.
  • Dental implants prevent your jawbone from shrinking. This keeps your face from sagging and looking older than it actually is.
  • Implant-retained dentures are held securely in place. There should be no unexpected slippage or embarrassing whistling noises when you’re trying to talk.