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Why Choose DeMartino Dental Group for Dental Implant-Retained Dentures?

  • Entire Procedure Completed Under One Roof
  • Only Practice in Lehigh Valley Offering Laser-Assisted Implant Placement
  • Dentures Custom-Made to Suit Every Patient

How Do Dental Implant-Retained Dentures Work?

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A traditional removable denture is held within the mouth using small metal clasps that loop around nearby teeth, or they just sit on top of the gums and rely on natural suction and a little denture adhesive. While these dentures can look great, they are much less stable than real teeth.

This is where implant-retained dentures truly shine. The prosthetic is attached directly to the jawbone using a small number of dental implant posts, which resemble brand new tooth roots. Once in place, the posts will actually bond with the surrounding bone, creating a foundation that will make the denture just as secure as natural teeth.

Am I A Candidate for Dental Implant-Retained Dentures?

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Ideally, a patient who is interested in getting an implant-retained denture has at least two things: decent oral health, and a thick enough jawbone to support the implant posts. Conditions like periodontal disease can make implant surgery unsafe, so it will need to be treated beforehand. And, if a patient’s jawbone is too thin or brittle to adequately support a denture, a bone graft can help strengthen it. Otherwise, pretty much anyone missing several or even all of their teeth is a good candidate for an implant-retained denture.

The Dental Implant-Retained Dentures Procedure

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Once you have been given an exam by our team and deemed healthy enough to undergo the implant procedure, the first step will be to surgically place the posts into your jawbone. At DeMartino Dental Group, we actually utilize dental lasers to make this procedure as noninvasive and comfortable as possible, leading to a fast treatment and short recovery. Once the implants are positioned within the bone, they’ll be topped with a temporary denture.

In a matter of months (typically three to six), a patient’s mouth will heal, and the implants will bond to the jawbone. The patient will then return to our office so they can receive their new permanent denture, which will be custom-made to have the perfect look and fit. In some cases, we can even upgrade a patient’s existing denture to fit over implants.

Benefits Of Combining Dentures & Dental Implants

  • Stability: Implant-retained dentures can be trusted to never shift out of place no matter what a patient is eating.
  • Longevity: Dental implants actually support the jawbone from within, which helps prevent the bone loss that is common after tooth loss. This enables a denture to maintain its day-one fit for years longer than a regular one.
  • More Comfort: Regular dentures tend to take up a lot of room in the mouth and inhibit the mobility of the tongue, making speaking awkward while also limiting a person’s ability to taste. Implant dentures are much smaller and feel more natural, allowing for clearer speech and more enjoyment at meal time.
  • Durability: Typically, removable dentures have to be replaced every five to seven years. Implants, on the other hand, have been shown to last for an average of 30 years, oftentimes longer.