At Bionica Dental Wellness, Dr. Holinbeck and her team want you to feel great about your smile. When teeth are missing, this can wreak havoc on not only your self-esteem but also your oral health. To fix this problem, you may be tempted to settle for more traditional options like full dentures, but what if there was another way to permanently restore your smile? With dental implants, Dr. Holinbeck can give you greater confidence and enhance aesthetics! Using bioceramic implants, these metal-free restorations will have you seeing a new and improved appearance that is safer, more environmentally friendly, and healthier for your smile and body. Contact our team today to learn more about taking the next step toward implant-retained dentures.
How Do Implant-Retained Dentures Work?
Implant-retained dentures are made up of bioceramic material, which means there is no metal involved. Instead of using a traditional titanium post, these non-metal restorations are a safer alternative and can easily fuse with your jawbone and surrounding tissues when surgically placed.
Using between 4 and 6 bioceramic implants, you will have a solid, more stable foundation that supports your custom-made denture.
Am I a Candidate for Implant-Retained Dentures?
To receive an implant-retained denture, you must have missing teeth in the lower or upper arch of your mouth. These restorations are ideal solutions for individuals who’ve lost all their teeth or require tooth extraction to remove the remaining teeth.
When arriving for your consultation with Dr. Holinbeck, she will examine your oral cavity and facial structure to determine whether your jawbone is strong enough to support your implants. If it is, you will continue through the process of impressions and scheduling your implant placement procedure. If not, she will likely recommend that you have an additional procedure known as a bone graft or sinus lift to add bone minerals to the weakened areas of your jawbone.
Once you’ve fully healed from this process, which typically takes several months, you can then move forward with dental implant placement to replace your missing teeth.
The Implant-Retained Dentures Procedure
The dental implant placement process takes time and should not be rushed. It is necessary to undergo a full recovery before having the finalized restoration put into place, as this will ensure your implants are fused properly and create the solid foundation needed to support your restoration.
- Implant Consultation: When meeting with Dr. Holinbeck, she will visually examine your oral cavity before taking dental X-Rays and using 3D Cone Beam Imaging to capture a high-resolution image of your teeth, jaw, and nerves. This will allow her to formulate a personalized treatment plan that is more precise and accurate. Additionally, she will take digital bite impressions of your smile to allow lab technicians to create your custom-made denture.
- Surgical Placement: Dr. Holinbeck will first administer a local anesthetic to help keep you comfortable throughout the procedure. She will then make small incisions in your gum tissue before surgically placing each implant into its desired location. Once she closes the tissue, you will return home to recover.
- Osseointegration: While recovering for 3-6 months, a process known as osseointegration will occur, which means the implants will fuse with the bone and surrounding tissue. It is important that you follow Dr. Holinbeck’s instructions to successfully recover.
- Denture Placement: The last phase of treatment is receiving your dental restoration. Your customized denture will be made to look completely natural and will be secured to the tops of your implants for a seamless appearance.
Benefits of Combining Dentures & Dental Implants
When it comes to choosing implant-retained dentures, the benefits are far greater than other, more traditional methods. Some of the advantages you’ll notice with dental implants include:
- Greater stability and functionality when placed
- Improved oral health because of the continuous stimulation to the jawbone
- A bioceramic restoration that is a safer and healthier alternative to titanium
- A restoration that does not attract plaque and bacteria as metal does
- Implants that can last for decades or longer with proper care and maintenance
- A permanent solution that does not require removal when cleaning
At Bionica Dental Wellness, Dr. Holinbeck and her team are here to answer your questions, address your concerns, and provide deeper insight regarding your chosen tooth replacement plan. With dentures, you can once again feel comfortable and confident in your appearance, but it’s no surprise if you have a few questions about the process and day-to-day expectations of living with a custom-made prosthetic. This is why we have compiled some of the most common questions asked by our patients. Below you will find the answers you need to feel better prepared for your upcoming treatment. Should you have any additional questions, we invite you to contact a member of our team to schedule an appointment today.
Can I eat normally with dentures?
It isn’t unusual for individuals who are first-time denture-wearers to experience a bit of difficultly eating different foods in the beginning. Not only will your tongue, cheeks, gums, and bone need to adjust to the new prosthetic in your mouth, but your taste buds may be off as well. This is why it is best to eat softer foods in the days following your denture placement. While it makes for easier consumption, you can also practice chewing with your back teeth (on both sides). This technique will ensure even pressure is applied to the entire mouth, so your denture won’t slip or accidentally fall out while eating. You might also try cutting larger objects into smaller pieces. Before you know it, you’ll be able to eat regular food without any trouble.
How do you know when it’s time to reline dentures?
The truth is that dentures are not designed to last a lifetime. As you age, changes in your facial shape and structure will occur, resulting in your prosthetic no longer fitting as comfortably as before. Fortunately, you can see your dentist about having your denture relined. By refitting the base of your denture, you will notice it fitting more securely and comfortably inside your mouth. As a result, you can minimize accidental slippage or it falling out while eating or speaking.
Which products can assist in keeping dentures from slipping or falling out?
Although your natural suction should be enough to hold your full denture in place, many patients prefer to purchase a denture adhesive for added security. By applying a small amount to the top and/or bottom denture, you can feel more comfortable and confident when eating or speaking around others. Should you have a partial denture instead, you should not have to worry about any additional products to hold it in place, as your prosthetic will be anchored to your healthy abutment teeth.
Is it still necessary to see a dentist if I’m wearing dentures?
Yes, you will need to continue with your six-month dental checkups and cleanings, unless otherwise noted. The reason is that no matter if you have a full or partial denture, you are still susceptible to decay and gum disease. If all your teeth are artificial, your soft tissues can be vulnerable to bacteria and infection. Should you have any remaining healthy teeth, these visits are necessary to prevent plaque and tartar from developing on these teeth and causing cavities to form. Not to mention, your dentist will want to examine your prosthetic to ensure there are no fractures, cracks, or chips and that it still fits comfortably in your mouth.
What is the average cost of dentures?
No two patients are alike, which means there is no way to place a set price on a set of dentures. This is why it is necessary to schedule a consultation with Dr. Holinbeck to determine the type of prosthetic you will need to restore your smile’s appearance. Once she evaluates your missing teeth, she can formulate a treatment plan that takes into consideration the following factors:
- Location of the dental practice
- Timeline of treatment
- Difficulty of the treatment
- Type of denture you will need (i.e., full, partial, implant denture)
Once she gathers this information, a clearer cost estimate can be provided, allowing you to determine how you will pay for your treatment. Most dental insurance companies offer coverage for dentures, but your plan may differ from others as to how much they will agree to pay. Typically, you can expect your insurer to cover anywhere from 50-80% of the total cost, depending on your deductible and annual maximum.