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An implant-retained denture is removable like a traditional denture but it is different in that it is attached to implants as opposed to resting on the gums. Typically 2 to 4 implants are placed. A removable denture is made that attaches to the implants which hold it in place.

Advantages of Implant-Retained Dentures

Because implant-retained dentures are attached to implants, they are much more stable than traditional dentures. They do not shift in the mouth like traditional dentures, which decreases gum irritation and makes them more comfortable to wear. Speech and confidence are also improved, as you do not have to worry about the denture coming out of your mouth.

Because of the increased stability of an implant-retained denture, you will be able to eat more foods and enjoy a more varied diet than you could with a traditional denture.

When traditional dentures are used to replace missing teeth, the jawbone may deteriorate over time and gums may recede. This can lead to a collapsed smile. Dental implants act as tooth roots and integrate with your jawbone. This helps to preserve the jawbone and keep it healthy and intact. Your beautiful smile is preserved as well.

Preparation for the Surgery

Dr. Fernandez will take a CT scan and a digital impression of your jaw. He will use 3D technology to determine exactly where in your jaw the implants should be placed. Dr. Fernandez will then print a surgical implant guide on his 3D printer to aid him in the implant placement procedure.

A denture is typically also made for you prior to the implant placement surgery. This involves several appointments. Once the denture is made and the Dr. Fernandez has planned the surgery, you are ready to have your implants placed.

The Procedure

During the implant placement procedure, Dr. Fernandez places the implant guide he designed over the surgical sites and the implants are placed into the bone socket of the missing teeth, precisely in the desired location as planned by Dr. Fernandez. Generally you will wear the denture over the implants during the healing phase.

Healing Time

Following the implant placement, a period of time – generally 3 months – is required for the implants to take hold and for bone tissue to build up and anchor the device. This process is called osseointegration.

Dr. Fernandez will have the patient return to the office so he can check the patient’s healing. Once he has determined that the implants are integrated securely in the bone, the final restoration step can be completed.

Restoration Phase

Dr. Fernandez will connect the denture previously made to your implants. You will have a stable, functional, beautiful set of teeth and beautiful smile.