Attached Teeth Dentures

Implant-Retained Dentures
Implant-retained dentures are a great way to have secure dentures with a nice fit and get rid of loose dentures which can slip any time you eat or speak. The number of implants required to support a denture varies according to the needs of the patient. Most cases require four to eight implants to secure an upper denture in place, and two to four implants for a lower denture. See Dr. Ghannam and Dr. Annoni at Artisan Dental Burke, VA and Chevy Chase, MD to learn about your needs.
Procedure
The procedure involves placing titanium screws into the jawbone. At first, a removable denture is placed on the implants and the implants are then allowed to make a bond with the jawbone. Implants usually take 3 to 6 months to osseointegrate with the jawbone. Dentures are fixed to the implants once the healing is complete and implants are well integrated into the bone.
Benefits
Implant-retained dentures are considered superior to conventional removable dentures because:
  • Implant-retained dentures preserve the jawbone which improves esthetics and maintains facial profile by preventing bone loss
  • There are no dietary restrictions and you can fully appreciate the taste of your favorite foods. Conventional dentures cover the palate (roof of the mouth), hampering your taste sensation.
  • No more embarrassing moments while eating or speaking because implant-retained dentures are fixed and cannot slip out of the mouth like removable dentures
  • Increased comfort because implant-retained dentures look, feel, and work just like natural teeth
  • No pressure sores and irritation of the gums