What are Implant-Retained Partial Dentures?
Implant-retained partial dentures, like conventional removable partial dentures, allow replacement of your missing teeth and gums, but they are attached to dental implants to provide a more secure fit. This implant attachment can be in addition to, or allow elimination of, the clasps that attach the partial denture to your natural teeth. These dentures are still removable. They are also called implant-supported partial dentures, implant partial overdentures, “snap-in” partial dentures, etc.
What are the advantages of Implant-Retained Denture treatment?
Besides allowing replacement of all missing teeth in a dental arch, dental implants help prevent bone loss that occurs when teeth are lost. When no teeth are present the jawbone has no use, which leads to its deterioration. This shrinkage of the jawbone has esthetic consequences for your face (causing an older appearance), especially when missing all teeth. With the use of implant prostheses, the bone is put to use, preserving it and your facial support.
An implant-retained removable prosthesis can replace both teeth and gum tissue as conventional dentures do. However, it acts more like your natural teeth than conventional dentures. The prosthesis is held in place securely even when you chew and speak. In addition, like all full-arch teeth replacement options, these prostheses protect your bite and jaw joint.
In comparison to conventional dentures, these secure and functional teeth are more likely to improve your confidence, self-esteem, and quality of life.
For more information on implant-retained dentures call Michigan Smile Team at (586)979-3451 or make an appointment.