What are implant dentures?
Implant dentures are dentures that are supported by dental implants are a modern way of restoring the terminal dentition. Implant dentures use implants to anchor the denture securely. The dentures do not move during speaking, chewing or swallowing. When teeth are too far decayed/infected to be restored, an implant denture is a wonderful way to get your smile back. Although time goes by and we experience pain and even embarrassment with our smile or ability to chew, we are here to help our patients work thru the big decision of how to restore their smile. There are two different types of implant dentures that are most commonly presented as options:
- Implant supported dentures– These dentures are fully supported by implants and may lightly lay on the gums after the teeth are removed. These provide great stability and natural mouthfeel but may be more expensive.
- Implant retained dentures– These dentures require fewer implants and may require the gums to take some pressure during chewing. This may be a more affordable option but do not provide the same esthetics and mouthfeel as implant supported dentures. These are commonly called “locator dentures” because the denture snaps into locators that act as caps to snap into.
Many patients find traditional dentures uncomfortable and lacking retention. The days and times of small denture teeth and clicking/clacking of dentures is gone now with implant denture options at Schroeder Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Lexington, KY.
How is an implant denture made?
First, the man-made root or implant is placed by the dentist where there is an adequate bone to stabilize it. After three to four months, depending on overall systemic health, the implants are uncovered after they have fused with the bone. The denture process begins by anchoring teeth in wax to the implants to test drive the bite, smile, and size of teeth. Next, after patient approval, the dentists fabricate the final prosthesis.
How long does an implant denture last?
Implant dentures are like cars. With routine maintenance and proper care, they can last multiple decades. If they are placed and ignored with zero maintenance, they will last much less time.
How much does an implant denture cost?
Implant dentures can be an affordable, long-term solution when they are done correctly. For example, poor materials and poor craftsmanship will lead to failing implants and broken dentures. In this day and age, you get what you pay for. In this instance, we provide financing options so that if the patient looks at the fee as “cost per year” of having comfortable, stable implant dentures, it is well worth its value.
How do I get a consultation with the doctors?
You can call Schroeder Cosmetic and Family Dentistry or enter your information below into our submission form. We will review your information and call to set up an appointment. We look forward to meeting you to talk about how we can provide comfortable, stable implant dentures for you or a family member in a patient-friendly environment.