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Tulsa Implant Dentures

Senior woman pointing to her beautiful smileFollowing advanced tooth loss, patients can experience any number of oral and overall health issues. Traditional tooth replacement solutions allow patients to repair the look and feel of their smiles, but they do not restore the root structures of teeth that provide support and stability for dental restorations. Dental implants replace the missing root structures, creating a more natural looking, feeling, and functioning smile. This is especially important for those patients who have lost numerous teeth or a full row of teeth. By replacing the root structures of these teeth, patients are able to prevent further tooth loss, retain facial shape, and restore healthy dental function. If you’re in need of advanced tooth replacement, we invite you to contact Rigdon Dental & Associates to schedule a dental implant consultation appointment in our Tulsa dentistry office.

Traditional Dentures

Traditional dentures are prosthetic used to replace multiple missing teeth. They are made using a gum-colored base materials to support replacement teeth. Traditional dentures are removable prosthetics that rely on healthy oral structures for support. Partials fill in the gaps between remaining teeth and are held in place using metal clasps attached to these healthy teeth. Full dentures don’t have any remaining teeth to provide support. Instead, the denture base is molded to fit snuggly against the gum tissue and jaw line. This creates suction that holds the denture in place. Without the replacement of the root structure, these tooth replacement prosthetics can only restore partial tooth function, which can make it difficult to eat a variety of foods and smile with confidence.

Dental Implant-Retained Dentures

Implant-retained dentures are crafted much like traditional dental prosthetics. Rather than relying on surrounding tissues for support, implant-retained partial and full dentures are fixed to three to six dental implant posts. In most cases, you will not be able to remove your implant retained denture on your own. They will need to be removed by a dental professional. Once in place, these implant-retained dentures will look, feel, and function just like your healthy smile.

Benefits of Implant Dentures

Compared with other tooth replacement options, implant supported dentures offer a wide range of benefits, including:

Caring for Your Implant Denture

Once your dental implant supported partial or full denture is firmly in place, you want to keep it there as long as possible. With proper care you should be able to retain your implant denture for two decades or longer. Some patients are able to keep the same implant denture for the rest of their lives. Proper care for your implant supported dentures includes the following steps: