How do Lock-In Dentures Differ From Traditional Dentures?

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It's easy to feel self-conscious about your grin if you're missing teeth. Dentures are a great way to restore your smile and confidence. If you want something more secure than traditional removable dentures, implant-retained dentures (also known as lock-in dentures or implant-supported dentures) by the professionals at Evolution Dentistry may be the solution for you.

Implant-retained dentures are an innovative dental appliance that sits on top of implants installed in your jawbone. Dr. Mohamad El-Kheir usually recommends them for patients without natural teeth so they can eat what they like without worry. If you're interested in lock-in dentures and want to learn more, read below or call our Houston, TX dental clinic for an implant assessment.

Do you wear temporary dentures?

You may have experienced the frustration of wearing certain types of dentures. For example, temporary dentures that are loose or wobbly can make it impossible to speak or enjoy your favorite foods. These dentures require special care because they can build up unpleasant odors and tastes. They need to be taken out periodically for cleaning and daily hygiene. Wearers also need to purchase special denture liners, adhesives, and glues just to hold them in place.

Not only do temporary dentures have a lot of downsides, but they can also cause problems with your oral health. Dentures that don't fit properly increase discomfort and irritation, putting you at risk for mouth sores. Left unchecked, poor-fitting dentures can contribute to gum disease or ulcers.

How are implant-supported dentures different?

When you choose implant-retained dentures at Evolution Dentistry in Houston, you can expect to eat what you like and keep your mouth healthy at the same time. Implants are small medical-grade posts that are surgically inserted into your jawbone. Several months after your dental clinic appointment, the implant fuses with your jawbone to create a sturdy anchor for your new dentures.

Generally speaking, implants function just like natural teeth. You can enjoy all your favorite foods without any problems or interruptions. Implants support the structure of your face and ensure that dentures won't slip or fall out. Dentures remain secure throughout the day, so you don't need to wear complicated adhesives or special liners. They can also be cleaned just like your natural teeth.

Who is a candidate for lock-in dentures?

Dr. Kheir needs to perform an evaluation at Evolution Dentistry to determine if you are a candidate for implant-retained dentures. This includes an assessment of your jawbone density, your medical history, and learning what you want out of your new look.

Patients can get implant-supported dentures if they are missing an entire arch or partial arch of natural teeth. Lock-in dentures are a great option for many patients. You may be a candidate if you:

  • Are not able to maintain good oral hygiene with removable dentures

  • Experience discomfort because of ill-fitting or loose-fitting dentures

  • Have trouble chewing the foods you love due to missing teeth

  • Want a secure and attractive teeth replacement solution

Once we determine your candidacy, several appointments are required to ensure the proper shape, color, and fit of your new dentures. Your custom-crafted teeth will fit your unique smile perfectly.

Learn about our different types of dentures

Many types of dentures support a healthy smile. However, the team at Evolution Dentistry believes implant-retained dentures are one of the best ways to improve the function of your teeth. Contact Dr. Mohamad El-Kheir in Houston, TX if you need information on how these dentures work. Our dental clinic is here to serve patients of all needs and backgrounds.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.