Implant-Retained Dentures – San Marcos, TX

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Traditional dentures have been the default tooth replacement option for hundreds of years, but some patients find that their needs just aren’t met when wearing them. They can feel bulky and unnatural, not to mention slippery, which might lead to potentially embarrassing social situations. Thankfully, it’s now possible for patients to experience the best of both worlds with help from Dr. David Earnest and his dental team in San Marcos, TX. At Rio Vista Dental, we offer implant-retained dentures, which combine the ease and affordability of dentures with the transformative, stable power of implants! Keep reading to learn more about this amazing option.

How Do Implant-Retained Dentures Work?

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Implant-retained dentures are held in place by expertly situated dental implants that provide the stability and support patients desire. This treatment option offers greater retention, an increase in functionality, and valuable oral health benefits as well. Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically placed in the jawbone to act as artificial tooth roots. Once placed, they anchor your denture to the jaw, creating the most natural looking and feeling smile.

Am I A Candidate for Implant-Retained Dentures?

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If this option sounds great, you may be wondering if implant-retained dentures are right for you. However, there are so many variables that impact the success of this treatment that it’s difficult to know without examining your smile first. Dr. Earnest will carefully check the condition of your oral health, the number of teeth you’re missing, and the strength of your jawbone. After this consultation, we will be able to make a proper recommendation. It’s important to know that any preexisting oral health issues like gum disease must be treated before surgery. Additionally, patients with weaker jawbones may require bone grafting before they become a candidate for implant-retained dentures.

The Implant-Retained Dentures Procedure

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After your initial consultation, you’ll come into our office for surgery. Dr. Earnest will ensure that you’re numb, and he also offers sedation dentistry for a greater sense of comfort. Next, he will make small incisions in your gums to access your jawbone. He will create small holes in the jaw for your placement of your dental implants. Once they’re in place, you will begin a healing process known as osseointegration. This recovery will last at least 3 to 4 months, and it allows your implants to fuse to your jawbone, becoming a permanent part of your body. After, we will take impressions of your mouth, which are used to create your personalized dentures. Lastly, Dr. Earnest will ensure that you’re happy with your new smile before mounting it on top of your implants. All that’s left to do is to walk out of our office with a beautiful and confident smile.

Benefits of Combining Dentures & Dental Implants

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Dr. Earnest offers implant-retained dentures because of these amazing advantages:

  • By having the implants in place, your jawbone is preserved and the deterioration that results in a “hunched” appearance for your smile is drastically reduced.
  • Implant-retained dentures delay facial changes that lead to wrinkles.
  • They allow you to chew your food better and speak more clearly.
  • No more feelings of embarrassment over whether or not your denture will slip out of place – instead, you can feel confident as you enjoy spending time with family and friends!
  • Dental implants themselves can last a lifetime with proper care.

Are you ready to get started on your strong and beautiful smile? Contact our office to set up your consultation with Dr. Earnest.