Unlike traditional removable partial dentures, which fit over the gums and clasp onto neighboring natural teeth to stay in place, implant-retained partials combine the advantages of dentures with those of individual implants. They are more stable and long-lasting than removable partial dentures, but they are far more affordable than replacing each individual missing tooth with implants.
How Do Implant-Retained Partials Work?
Where conventional dental implants are one per tooth, implant-retained partials may only require as few as two implants to provide the needed stability. Once the implants are in place, the implant-retained partial will easily snap onto them, where they will match your remaining natural teeth. Because these partials are supported by the bone, they don’t put pressure on the gums. This makes chewing much easier and helps reduce bone loss in the jaw.
Who Does Dr. Rafo Recommend Them For?
Dr. Rafo may recommend implant-retained dentures for patients with some remaining natural teeth if they still have enough healthy jaw bone to support the implants, particularly when individual implants for each missing tooth are outside the patient’s price range. If you want to learn more about implant-retained partials, call (619) 464-1771 or send us an email.