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Are you considering denture implants in Edmonton to replace a missing tooth or several teeth? Millwoods Denture Clinic provides quality denture implants that are just about the next best thing to your natural teeth. If you haven't heard of them or don't know exactly how they work, denture implants (or implant-retained dentures) are overdentures supported by and attached to dental implants. A regular denture rests on your gums and is not supported by an implant. With denture implants, special attachments snap onto corresponding attachments on the implants in order to create a very secure connection that helps you eat and speak with less hassle. This type of denture is a great option for people who don't have any teeth in their jaw but do have a strong enough jawbone to support the implants.


What Are Denture Implants?
An implant-retained denture is an overdenture supported by and attached to implants. A regular denture rests on the gums and is not supported by implants. An implant-retained denture is used when a person doesn't have any teeth in the jaw but has enough jaw bone to support implants. An implant-supported denture has special attachments that snap onto attachments on the implants. Implant-supported dentures are usually made for the lower jaw.


What Are Some Benefits of Denture Implants?
One of the biggest benefits of denture implants from our Edmonton denturist is that they are the closest thing to natural teeth you can get. Since they do not rest on top of the gum line like regular dentures they can be treated like normal teeth. Denture implants also preserve bone, preventing future breakdown of the facial structure. This allows you to keep your overall facial appearance. Denture implants replace the entire tooth, root and all, down to the bone, preserving the natural jaw structure. 


Another benefit of denture implants is that they help keep existing teeth healthy. If you are replacing a tooth with a traditional bridge it often requires a dentist to grind down adjacent teeth so the bridge can be cemented into place. Since a denture implant from our Edmonton office does not involve the adjacent natural teeth, those teeth will not be damaged. The gum line around them will stay healthier as well. 

How Long Does It Take to Receive a Denture Implant?
Depending on the number of teeth you are having replaced with a denture implant, the procedure can be completed over the course of one visit. Once any natural teeth that must be removed are removed the new implants are placed in the jaw bone using a surgical technique. The replacement teeth are then placed on the implants all in one visit. If necessary, it may take several weeks after the implants are placed for the surrounding jaw and soft tissue to heel before a more permanent tooth is placed on the implant. You can discuss these options during your initial visit.


Who Can Get Denture Implants?
Your dentist will determine if you're a good candidate for denture implants. You must have healthy gums, enough bone in your jaw to support an implant and be in good overall health to receive implant-retained dentures. However, if your jawbone doesn't have a strong enough structure, it can be built up to better anchor the implants. Young people whose jawbones haven't stopped growing, pregnant women, heavy smokers or those with chronic diseases or systemic problems may not be approved for this procedure, which will take place in a dental office and require local anesthesia. The implant will be placed first, and then a period of three to six months is needed for healing and integration into the jawbone before the dentures can be placed. With modern advancements, however, this procedure can sometimes be done in a single visit.


How to Care for Your Denture Implants
Even though dental implants aren't natural teeth, you still need to take care of them like they were. You should brush and floss regularly and make routine visits to your dental professional for cleanings. Extra attention should be given to the gums, as healthy gum tissue is integral to your dental implant. Specialized products are available to help you take proper care of your dental implants. You must be committed to a good oral health care routine in order to keep your mouth healthy and your dental implants functioning as they should be.


Call or email Millwoods Denture Clinic to talk to a denturist about denture implants in Edmonton. You can also read our blog for more helpful information!

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