Implant-Retained Devices

If you are missing several teeth, your best restoration option may be one of our implant-retained devices—an implant-supported bridge or implant-supported dentures.

While both dental bridges and dentures are available without the need for a dental implant, there are numerous reasons to consider securing your restoration with implants.

At Ocean View Dental Care, our dental team has the experience, compassion, and gentle care you want when needing tooth replacement. And when it comes to dental implants, we are proud to have Board-Certified Periodontist Dr. Pichak Kelk as part of our team.

What benefits do implant-retained devices offer?

Traditional dentures and bridges can both replace missing teeth, but neither option replaces your tooth roots. This is an important consideration, as tooth roots are necessary to keep your jawbone healthy and strong. Without a tooth root, bone deterioration occurs in your jaw. This can lead to further tooth loss and leave you with a sunken-in facial appearance.

Dental implants allow for the vibrations to occur that are necessary for bone stimulation. And not only do they halt bone deterioration, but dental implants are made of titanium, which stimulates new bone growth. Therefore, implants make your jawbone stronger.

Also, the new bone growth occurs around the implant, fusing it to your jaw so that it becomes a permanent restoration. The implant offers a secure, strong bond for a dental bridge or dentures, so you do not have to worry about your device slipping, becoming loose, or falling out.

Implant-Retained Devices Option #1: Dental Bridge

If you are missing one to three adjacent teeth, an implant-supported dental bridge is an excellent option. This restoration device “bridges the gap” of your missing teeth with artificial teeth called pontics.

Normally, a dental bridge requires dental crowns on the adjacent teeth to hold it in place. This method puts a lot of stress on the supporting teeth. It also requires preparation of those teeth, which involves permanently altering their shape and size.

For an implant-retained bridge, we secure the bridge of pontics in place with dental implants (usually two). This offers tremendous strength and stability and leaves your remaining natural teeth unharmed.

Implant-Retained Devices Option #2: Dentures

Implant-retained dentures usually require at least six dental implants per arch, although your individual needs may be different. Some patients, however, prefer All-On-4 Dentures, which only requires four dental implants per arch.

If you have ever worn a denture or know someone who has, you are familiar with the many drawbacks involved.

  • Messy, expensive adhesives
  • Must remove them at night
  • The hassle of frequently cleaning them (difficult because of the adhesives)
  • They can slip and shift, causing pain and clacking noises with eating and talking
  • Must avoid certain foods
  • If you drop them, they can break
  • Patients often misplace them
  • They often don’t look real

Another important downside of traditional dentures is the bone deterioration that occurs. This not only leaves the denture-wearer looking older than they are, but it also changes the shape of the jaw. Over time, these changes cause an ill-fit with your dentures, increasing slips and shifts and potentially requiring new dentures every few years.

Implant-retained dentures look, feel, and act like natural teeth, keeping your smile healthy, strong, and beautiful while removing all the hassles of traditional dentures. Since they attach to dental implants rather than resting on your gums, they offer strength and stability and do not irritate your gums.

Now you can eat whatever you want, don’t have to worry about embarrassing slippage, and can keep your teeth in at all times. No more messy adhesives, misplacing your teeth, or worry about dropping and breaking them.

While not technically a permanent option, as the dentures may need future repair or replacement, they can last for decades with proper care.

And care is easy. You just brush and floss like you do natural teeth.

Call Us Today

If you would like to learn more about implant-retained devices, one of our friendly team members would love the opportunity to answer your questions or schedule you for a consultation. Call Ocean View Dental Care today at (949) 388-0780.

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