What are Implant-Retained Dentures?
Regular dentures rests on the gums where as implant-retained dentures are supported by and attached to implants. This type of denture is used when a patient doesn't have any teeth, but has enough jaw bone to support implants.
Just like regular dentures, you should remove an implant-retained denture daily for cleaning and at bed time. There are options for fixed (permanent) crown and bridgework if you need a permanent solution. Dr. Jeff Weaver will consult with you and considers your particular needs and preferences when suggesting fixed or removable options.
The Implant Process
Before any work is done, you will visit with Dr. Jeff Weaver who has advanced training in the placement and restoration of implants for an initial consultation. During the your initial examination, Dr. Jeff Weaver will review your medical and dental histories, take X-rays and create impressions of your teeth and gums so that models can be made.
The time frame to complete the implant depends on many factors but ranges from three to twelve months depending on whether you need bone grafting or other preliminary procedures. The shortest time frame is about five months in the lower jaw and seven months in the upper jaw.
Implants are usually are placed in the jawbone at the front of your mouth because there tends to be more bone in the front of the jaw than in the back. You will use this temporary dentures until the implant-retained dentures are ready.