Can You Move from Implant-Retained to Implant-Supported Dentures in Crown Point?

Some people get tired of the problems they experience with dentures very quickly. The loose fit, the difficulty biting and chewing, the interference with talking and the inability to go out and hang with friends all quickly diminishes your quality of the. So today we’re talking about another type of dentures in Crown Point.

The next step up from loose dentures is implant-retained dentures, where the denture is held in the mouth by dental implants. You might initially think this is enough to solve your denture problems, but it might not be. What do you do then?

Can you upgrade your dentures to those that are actually supported by dental implants?

Implant-retained dentures are better than traditional dentures because dental implants keep them from sliding around in the mouth. The dentures will stay in place, so they won’t come out of your mouth when you’re talking or laughing.

But with implant-retained dentures in Crown Point, the force is still resting on your gums. As a result, you may still experience a reduced bite force, painful gum irritation or dislodged dentures when biting or chewing.

Your bite force is stronger when you have implant-retained dentures. The dentures are held in place so you can bite down more firmly than with loose, slippery dentures. But much of the bite force is still resting on your gums. That means your bite force will still be much less than it was with your natural teeth.

For some people, the improvement is enough. Others find that they still can’t bite hard enough to enjoy the foods they want.

And the increased bite force with retained dentures can actually be a problem because it increases the pressure on your gums, leading to painful irritation. And sometimes when you bite down, the force can be enough that it will cause your dentures to become dislodged, depending on the style of attachment.

Can You Get an Upgrade for Your Dentures in Crown Point?

 The good news is that, for most people, it’s possible to upgrade your dentures to fully supported implant dentures, called All-On-Four. The biggest consideration is whether you have sufficient bone to support the new dental implants.

For this, it’s best to make your decision as soon as possible after getting dentures. That’s because your body is constantly removing bone it doesn’t think is necessary after you’ve had your teeth removed. And the pressure from poorly fitting dentures may even speed up bone loss.

If you have two implants to retain your dentures, you will most likely be upgraded to four, although in some cases six implants might be necessary. You may also need to replace your denture, too. Some dentures may be strong enough to serve as implant-supported, but others may not, or they may not be adaptable to the new configuration.

If you would like to know if you can upgrade your dentures in Crown Point, call our office today to schedule a consultation and we can discuss your options.

P.S.  If you are interested in learning more about dental implants, we have a monthly seminar coming up soon.  Our next seminars will take place on January 16th in Crown Point at 6:00 p.m. or on January 17th at 12:00 noon in Michigan City.  Call 1-877-526-4547 to reserve your spot.

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