Implant Dentures – Evansville, WI
Stabilize Your Smile with Dental Implants
Despite the latest innovations in dentistry, tooth loss is a common problem. In fact, at least 35 million Americans have lost all their natural teeth in one or both arches. Traditionally, a full denture is used to treat complete tooth loss. They’ve undergone several improvements to enhance their fit and function; however, they will always have their limitations. You’re not out of options. You can enjoy a nearly perfect replica of your natural smile using implant dentures in Evansville.
What Are Implant Dentures?
For more than 100 years, traditional dentures have been used to replace an entire arch of missing teeth. An acrylic base holds custom-made prosthetic teeth. The arch is held to your gum tissue using suction or an adhesive. This restores your ability to chew, speak, and smile confidently, but your denture will never truly feel natural.
As an alternative, many patients are choosing to rebuild their smiles with implant dentures. An average of 4-6 dental implants are inserted into the jawbone to act as new tooth roots. Your denture is attached to the posts via abutments, permanently eliminating any slipping or irritation.
There are two types of dentures you and your implant dentist in Evansville can discuss during your initial consultation:
Fixed/Permanent Implant Dentures
A fixed or permanent denture is known as a “hybrid” and is held in place using between 4 and 6 dental implant posts. You must have ample jawbone density to receive a fixed denture, so bone grafting may be necessary. Also, this type of prosthetic cannot be removed by anyone other than your skilled implant dentist.
Removable Implant Dentures
A removable denture is also referred to as a “Snap-On denture,” because it can be easily taken out to clean. Held in place using only 2-5 implant posts, you do not need as much jawbone, and a bar- or ball-retained device attaches the denture to your implants.
The Implant Denture Process
Depending on the results of your CT scan taken during your initial consultation, you might need additional treatments, such as periodontal therapy or bone grafting. You must be fully healed from any previous treatments before undergoing your placement surgery.
Sedation or local anesthesia is used to ensure you’re comfortable as your gum tissue is opened to expose your jawbone. Small holes are drilled into it to insert your dental implants in Evansville. Your gum tissue is stitched closed, and you’ll spend the next several weeks healing.
The posts stimulate new bone growth, allowing your jaw to fuse to them through a process called osseointegration. Once you’ve healed from your placement surgery, abutments are placed on each post to attach your custom-made denture.
Am I a Candidate for Implant Dentures?
If you’ve experienced significant tooth loss in one or both arches, and you didn’t achieve the results you wanted with traditional treatment, you might be a candidate for implant dentures. Dr. White will perform a thorough consultation to assess your oral and general health to ensure dental implants are the right option for you.
It may be necessary for you to undergo preliminary treatments if you show signs of gum disease or jawbone deterioration, but these will be discussed during your consultation when determining your candidacy for treatment.
Benefits of Combining Dentures & Dental Implants
Replacing both the roots and the crowns of missing teeth allows you to enjoy a variety of benefits that aren’t possible with traditional prosthetics, such as:
- Over a 95% success rate.
- Looks and feels natural.
- Regain as much as 70% of your biting force.
- Preserves your jawbone.
- Supports your facial tissues.
- Stops slipping and irritation.
- Easy maintenance and care.
- Long-term, cost-effective option.
Schedule Your Consultation
You don’t have to settle for anything less than the best if you’ve lost your teeth. We have the advanced solutions you need to rehabilitate your smile. Contact our office today to see if you’re a candidate for implant dentures.