Implant Dentures – Denver, CO
Make Your Denture More Reliable Than Ever
If you’ve lost several teeth throughout your mouth or perhaps an entire arch, even the most basic tasks can be difficult and cumbersome to complete. Having slurred speech, a limited diet, and diminished confidence is no way to go through life, which is why Fangman Oral & Facial Surgery recommends implant dentures to those suffering from major tooth loss. While traditional dentures only replace the teeth, dental implants provide the roots as well, leading to many benefits you won’t find with any other treatment. Give our office a call and we’ll help you get started on the process!
What are Implant Dentures?
Implant dentures are meant to mimic the structure of natural teeth, much like single dental implants. The difference is our office uses four to six dental implants to hold your restoration, whether it be a partial or full prosthesis. After the implants are healed and the restoration is attached, you can expect your tooth replacement to feel incredibly natural. Of course, we’re happy to offer multiple options based on your preferences:
Fixed/Permanent Implant Dentures
This is known as a hybrid prosthesis and is designed to remain fixed in place. That means you should only have it removed by an implant dentist. If you want your denture to be fixed, you should have a sufficient amount of bone volume available already.
Removable Implant Dentures
Removable dentures, which are also known as “Snap-On dentures” or “overdentures,” are designed to be removed for regular cleaning. They attach to clips or ball sockets that are retained by the implants, making them easy to remove on your own. They often require fewer dental implants and are more ideal for those with less viable bone tissue to work with.
The Implant Denture Procedure
During the initial phase, we need to examine your mouth to confirm if any existing teeth need to be removed to make room for an implant denture. Bone grafts may also be needed if there is not enough tissue available to receive an implant. Following this phase, you’ll be scheduled for surgery at a later date. Ahead of surgery, your mouth is thoroughly numbed so you won’t feel the implants being placed into the jaw. We’ll create a small incision, then a small hole in your bone tissue so it has room for a dental implant. After the implants are placed, the gums are stitched closed so the implants can integrate with the jaw. Following several months of healing, your permanent restoration can be placed on top.
Am I a Candidate for Implant Dentures?
To receive implant dentures, you should have:
- Good overall health as well as approval from a physician to complete treatment
- Good oral health
- A strong commitment to protecting and maintaining your dental implants over the next several months (especially through brushing and flossing)
- No previous negative experiences with oral surgery
Benefits of Combining Dentures & Dental Implants
The benefits of implant dentures are quite extensive and include the following:
- Easier at-home oral care
- Dramatically improved biting force
- Renewed bone stimulation
- Expanded diet
- No slipping or shifting denture
- A natural-looking and long-lasting restoration
- A better quality of life overall