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Implant Dentures — Arlington, TX
Achieve the Confident Smile You Deserve
Recent studies indicate that about one in six American adults over the age of 65 don’t have any natural teeth left. Severe tooth loss can have a dramatic effect on a patient’s quality of life, impacting everything from day-to-day activities to their long-term health. If you’re trying to manage without your teeth or if you’re frustrated with your removable denture, we can help you achieve the confident smile you deserve with implant dentures near South Lake! Read on to learn more about this state-of-the-art tooth loss solution and give us a call today to see if implant dentures are right for you.
What Are Implant Dentures?
Implant dentures are carefully crafted from high quality materials to mimic the appearance and strength of natural teeth. Similar to traditional removable dentures, implant dentures consist of a gum-colored base that have custom-made replacement teeth set into it to replace an arch of teeth. However, instead of resting on top of your gums, this type of denture is securely anchored in place with the help of dental implants. Thanks to this unique placement, your new denture will look, feel, and function almost exactly like real teeth. Depending on your unique needs and preferences, we may recommend one of two options:
Fixed/Permanent Implant Dentures
Once attached to the 4-6 strategically placed dental implants around your jawbone, a fixed or permanent denture will remain firmly in place. You’ll wear this denture 24/7 and won’t have to worry about taking it out to soak or clean. Instead, it will only be removed by your Arlington implant dentist. For this ultra-convenient denture, you’ll need to have a strong and healthy jawbone.
Removable Implant Dentures
Alternatively, removable implant dentures (sometimes called overdentures) can be snapped onto and off of your dental implants when needed. While you’ll need to take this denture out now and again, you’ll be able to fully enjoy all the benefits of dental implants when wearing it. This type of denture may be a better choice for patients with weaker jawbones. Sometimes, an existing denture can be retrofitted to work as a removable implant denture.
The Implant Denture Procedure
Getting implant dentures requires a longer and more involved process than traditional dentures, but the end results are well-worth the wait! First, you’ll meet with Dr. Ravi Doctor for a consultation to see if implant dentures are a good choice for you. To make sure your treatment is as successful as possible, you may need to complete preliminary treatments like bone grafting or gum disease therapy first. Then, we’ll plan out your treatment plan step-by-step, including the number, position, and type of dental implants, the length of your treatment, and an estimate of the cost.
During your implant surgery, Dr. Doctor will insert the dental implants into pre-planned positions in your jawbone. Then, the gums are closed and the healing process begins. Over the next 3-6 months, the implants will integrate into your jawbone and form a solid foundation. Once you’ve fully healed, you’ll return to our office to have your custom-made denture anchored into place.
Am I a Candidate for Implant Dentures?
You’ll typically need three things to be considered a good candidate for implant dentures:
- Good health: You’ll need to be healthy enough to undergo minor surgery.
- Great oral health: Issues like gum disease, which can threaten the success of dental implants, will need to be treated before your treatment.
- Adequate jawbone density: Your jawbone needs to be strong enough to support dental implants. Different types of dental implant and advanced procedures like bone grafting can help you get ready for your new smile if this is an issue for you.
Even if you don’t think you’re a candidate for implant dentures, come see us for a consultation. We’re proud to offer a wide variety of treatment options and services to help practically anyone benefit from dental implants.
Benefits of Combining Dentures & Dental Implants
- No slipping, clicking, or popping out of place at embarrassing times
- Easier daily maintenance
- Strong biting force and chewing ability
- No gum irritation, jaw stiffness, or gum sores
- Stimulation of the jawbone for a healthier, youthful appearance