No one ever expects to lose all their natural teeth, but that’s a reality for about 35 million Americans. If you’re among this population, you may have chosen a traditional denture to rebuild your smile. Modern technological innovations have improved dentures’ fit and aesthetics, but they will never truly look or feel like your real teeth. Luckily, you have another option – implant dentures in Lexington. We can permanently eliminate slipping and irritation by securing a custom denture onto dental implants. To start the process of getting lifelike, long-lasting replacement teeth, contact our team at Dental Wellness of Lexington to schedule your consultation!
Implant Dentures – Lexington, KY
Enjoy a Stable Foundation for Your New Smile
Why Choose Dental Wellness of Lexington for Implant Dentures?
- Entire Implant Denture Process Completed Under One Roof
- Feck Is a Nationally Recognized Dental Implant Specialist
- Dental Sedation Options for Maximum Comfort
What Are Implant Dentures?
Traditional dentures replace the visible crowns of your teeth, sit on your gums, and rely on suction or adhesive to stay in place, but implant dentures take it one step further. Your prosthetic teeth are anchored onto a number of dental implants – small posts that are surgically positioned in the jawbone to replace the lost roots of your teeth. This makes your new pearly whites feel natural while preventing them from slipping. Depending on your preferences and needs, our dentists may recommend one of the two types of implant dentures.
Fixed/Permanent Implant Dentures
We can design your prosthetic so that, once placed, only an implant dentist in Lexington can remove it. Fixed implant dentures typically require between four and eight implant posts, and because they remain in place, you can brush and floss them like natural teeth.
Removable Implant Dentures
While the implants themselves stay firmly rooted in your jawbone, the denture can be made so that you can take it out whenever you’d like. Many patients who were previously used to removing their denture for cleaning prefer to maintain that routine. Removable implant dentures require an average of two to five implants, making them more ideal for patients with lower jawbone density.
The Implant Denture Process
The process to rebuild your smile with implant dentures will occur in multiple stages. Although the treatment takes longer than it does with regular dentures, the benefits are well worth it! Here’s a basic outline of the implant denture process:
- First, you need an initial consultation to ensure you’re a candidate. We may find you need additional procedures before undergoing your placement surgery, like bone grafting.
- Next, we surgically place your implant posts into your jaw. As an experienced and nationally recognized dental implant specialist, Anthony Feck will ensure you’re comfortable and safe throughout this procedure.
- The implant posts stimulate new bone growth, allowing your jaw to fuse to them through a process called osseointegration. This can take several months, so you may be fitted with a temporary denture while you heal.
- After the foundation is set for your new smile, special fixtures called abutments are attached to each post secure your dentures.
- Lastly, we take impressions of your mouth and use them to design your permanent denture. Then, we attach it to your abutments, completing your smile.
Am I a Candidate for Implant Dentures?
If you have lost all your teeth in one or both arches, and traditional dentures didn’t give you the results you want, you may be a candidate for dental implants in Lexington. The long-term success of your smile relies on your body’s ability to fuse to the posts. As a result, you cannot have any untreated oral health issues, medical conditions, or lifestyle factors that influence your body’s ability to heal and fight infections.
Benefits of Combining Dentures with Dental Implants
Implant dentures recreate the entire structure of your missing teeth. Compared to regular dentures, they allow you to enjoy several advantages, such as:
- Over a 95% success rate.
- Looks and feels natural.
- Regain 70% or more of your biting force.
- Preserves your jawbone.
- Supports your facial tissues.
- Can last for several decades with easy maintenance.
Implant Denture FAQs
Would you like to learn a bit more about implant dentures in Lexington before coming in for a consultation? Below, we’ve answered some of the most common questions we receive from our patients about the treatment. If you don’t see your question answered, you can always call us and ask one of our friendly professionals over the phone!
Are Implant Dentures Fixed or Removable?
Dentures that are secured using dental implants that are surgically placed below the gums can be made to be fixed or removable. Many patients choose to have them permanently anchored in place so they don’t have to remove them each night and they can clean them exactly as they would their natural teeth. Other patients choose to allow them to be removable because they find them easier to clean. Your dentist in Lexington will be more than happy to discuss all of your options with you at your initial consultation and find out which one best fits your unique needs.
How Many Implants Will I Need for a Full Denture?
Full implant dentures typically require the placement of anywhere between four and eight implants. However, this depends on your jawbone density and a variety of other factors that we’ll consider during your consultation. Our team will use our CT/Cone Beam Scanner to capture a panoramic 3D view of your facial bone structure and nerves to determine where and how many implants will need to be placed.
Does the Implant Denture Surgery Hurt?
Some of our patients have never had a surgery before, so the first question they usually ask is whether it’s going to be painful. Before we place the implants, we’ll administer a local anesthetic to the area to make sure that you won’t feel a thing throughout the process. If you’re especially nervous, we also offer sedation dentistry as well to help you feel more relaxed in the treatment chair.
Can I Support a Partial Denture with Dental Implants?
If you’re missing several teeth along an arch, we may suggest having multiple prosthetics placed, such as an implant-supported crown for an area that has a single tooth missing, or an implant bridge for several consecutive teeth. We can also attach a partial denture to implants posted along the arch of your teeth. Depending on your situation, we’ll discuss each of these options and help you find out which one is best for your needs.