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It’s common knowledge that dental implants can be used to retain and support a set of dentures. In fact, one of the most asked-for products that we provide for our patients at The Dental Implant Place is dental implants dentures (sometimes called implant-supported dentures). Here are the most common questions we are asked about this procedure.

How Does a Denture Work With Implants?

Dental implants are small titanium rods that act as tooth roots in your bone and gums. They also act as anchors for new, artificial teeth to be placed on top of them. The implants will stay in your mouth permanently. In our Fort Worth office, we will design your new denture ourselves in our in-house dental lab, and we will design this prosthesis so that you can snap it onto and off of your implants.

Why Are They Removable Instead of Permanently Fixed?

While some offices and practices design a denture that cannot be removed (except by a dentist), we believe it’s better for you that you be able to take it on and off of your implants. Why? Because bacteria and food can and will get trapped underneath your dentures, and so their daily cleaning is vital to both their longevity and the health of your gums. Permanently fixing a set of dentures to your dental implants makes it far more difficult to clean them effectively.

Another reason we make this type of prosthesis removable is because dentures are made out of acrylic and are far more likely to need repairs and adjustments than harder ceramic materials such as zirconia (the material our office uses to make fixed crowns and bridges). These repairs will be far more convenient for the patient if the prosthesis can be removed easily.

Can I Use My Existing Dentures With My New Implants?

It is possible that your existing set can be anchored by your implants temporarily, but this is not feasible in the long-run. This is because a traditional denture is not made to function with dental implants and will be too fragile to withstand the pressure. We will need to make you a new set;designed with implant application in mind. However, it may be possible to use your current dentures as a temporary set of teeth for you to wear from the time you get your implants to when you get your final set of implant retained dentures (a period usually lasting 6-8 weeks). When possible, this can save you money. Call our office for more information on how this works.

Am I A Candidate For Dental Implants Dentures?

Schedule your consultation with Dr. Brown now and find out if you’re a candidate for this procedure. As a dentist with over twenty five years of experience and over six thousand dental implants placed, he is exceptionally qualified to assess your needs and give you the answers you’re looking for.

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