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Implant-Retained Dentures – Tallahassee, FL

A Slip-Free Solution for Restoring Smiles

Losing all your teeth can be a devastating event, but thanks to dentures, you’ll still be able to chew all kinds of foods and speak comfortably. However, dentures might become ill-fitting over time and start to slip at embarrassing moments as a result. Dr. Rasmussen can help you avoid this inconvenience with implant-retained dentures in Tallahassee; contact our office today to schedule a consultation if you or a loved one might be losing an entire row of teeth in the near future.

Why Choose Periodontics and Implant Dentistry for Implant-Retained Dentures?

  • Replace All of Your Teeth at Once
  • Procedure Performed by a Board-Certified Periodontist
  • Stronger, More Stable Dentures

How Do Implant-Retained Dentures Work?

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As you probably know, traditional dentures rest on your gums, where they use natural suction (and possibly adhesive) to keep them in place. However, Dr. Rasmussen can place a few dental implants in your jaw at specific locations so that they can support the dentures instead. Implants function as tooth roots; not only will they hold your new false teeth in place, but they’ll also stimulate the jaw so that it doesn’t break down (which is a common consequence of losing your teeth). You also won’t need to take your dentures out at night or for cleanings since they’ll be permanently anchored to the implants.

Am I a Candidate for Implant-Retained Dentures?

person holding a set of dentures

Pretty much anyone who has lost all their teeth can get dentures, but whether implants are an option is a different question. Your jaw needs to be dense enough to join with and support the implant posts. If the bone underneath your gums has already degenerated, you might need a bone graft in order to build up the jaw first. Also, an infection in your gums (or anything that could lead to an infection) will need to be dealt with, since it could otherwise cause your dental implants to fail. We’ll examine your mouth and help you select the most effective treatment possible.

The Implant-Retained Dentures Procedure

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After your consultation to decide whether implant-supported restorations are right for you, we’ll schedule the surgery to have your implant posts placed in your mouth. We’ll use sedation to keep you as comfortable as possible during the procedure. Afterwards, you’ll need to wait a few months (about 6 on average, but the exact time is different for every patient) for the bone to fuse with the implants; once that’s done, we can install abutments. The final step is to design the dentures themselves and attach them to the abutments. At that point, your new smile will be complete!

Benefits of Combining Dentures and Dental Implants

  • Since implants essentially become part of the jawbone, many patients say that they feel like their natural teeth.
  • Teeth supported by implants can withstand more pressure, so you’ll be able to eat a wider variety of healthy foods such as crunchy apples and lean meat.
  • You can brush and floss implant-retained dentures like you would natural teeth.
  • Dental implants last for decades with minimal maintenance.