Implant-Retained Dentures – Northgate & Green Lake, WA

Full, Complete Smiles with Optimal Stability and Functionality

An older gentleman showing off his implant-retained dentures in Northgate & Green Lake, WA, while seated in the dentist’s chairAre you struggling to find a way to replace all your missing teeth? Are you tired of being embarrassed by your incomplete smile? If you answered “yes” to both of these questions, you’ll be pleased to learn that Dr. Amin Tabatabaian at Oak Tree Dental Care has a solution that may just work for you! With implant-retained dentures in Northgate & Green Lake, WA, he and his team can give you back the smile you’ve been missing and boost your confidence in a way that has you eager to get out and socialize with friends and family. To find out if you are eligible for treatment or to learn more about these unique restorations, give us a call today and schedule a consultation with Dr. Taba!

How Do Implant-Retained Dentures Work?

Digital image of an implant-retained denture, complete with 6 implants holding up the restorationUsing between 4 and 6 dental implants, your dentist in Northgate & Green Lake, WA, will surgically place them along your jawline. For 3-6 months, the implants will fuse with your bone and surrounding tissue, not only creating a solid foundation for your future restoration but also preventing jawbone deterioration. Once you’ve fully healed, you’ll return to our office to have your custom-made denture secured into place. After your smile is complete and fully restored from the roots up, you will feel more confident being able to eat, chew, and smile.

Am I a Candidate for Implant-Retained Dentures?

An older woman looking at her complete smile in the mirror after having implant-retained dentures put into placeThe first step to receiving implant-retained dentures is to determine if you are a qualified candidate. This is done by allowing Dr. Taba to examine your oral cavity and facial structure during an initial consultation. At this time, he will consider your oral and overall health as well as the density of your jawbone. If it proves to be strong enough to uphold multiple implants, you will receive the green light for treatment. However, if your jawbone is not stable enough, it may be necessary to undergo a bone graft or sinus lift depending on the necessary location of the implants.

Both procedures can make it possible for you to receive dental implants at a later time, as they are designed to add bone minerals to weaker areas of your jawbone. Over time, the area will become denser, creating a more solid and stable foundation for dental implants.

The Implant-Retained Dentures Procedure

A dental lab technician creating an implant-retained denture for a patientOnce you’ve been cleared for treatment, you will first have impressions taken of your mouth, which will be sent to dental lab technicians. There, they will create your custom-made denture, which will be secured into place once your implants have fused to your bone.

On the day of placement, you will receive general anesthesia to ensure you are comfortable and pain-free throughout the procedure. Depending on the number of implants used, your dentist will make small incisions in your gums before surgically placing each implant into the jawbone. After closing up the areas, you will be sent home to recover for 3-6 months. During this time, your implants, bone, and surrounding tissue will fuse to create a solid base.

After you’ve fully recovered, you’ll return to our office and have abutments put into place that will connect the implants to your restoration. Finally, your custom-made denture will be put into place, and you will have a full, complete smile once again.

Benefits of Combining Dentures & Dental Implants

Older woman smiling with her new implant-retained dentures and giving a thumbs up while holding an appleWhile some patients may prefer to go the traditional route and opt for a full denture that sits on top of the gums, implant-retained dentures offer a host of benefits that cannot be achieved with any other type of tooth replacement solution. Some of these include:

  • Greater stability and functionality when eating, chewing, and speaking
  • Enhanced appearance and a boost in confidence
  • Improved oral health due to continued jawbone stimulation
  • No chance for decay because your restoration is artificial
  • No restrictions on the foods you eat