Implant Dentures for Upper and Lower Arches in Thornton, CO
If you are missing multiple teeth, you may wonder what options you have to restore these teeth. Missing teeth can affect the mouth in many ways. They can affect your smile and make it more difficult to eat and chew. A lack of teeth can make it more difficult to talk. Missing teeth can also cause your remaining teeth to shift around in your mouth, causing alignment issues.
Dentures are an option. While traditional dentures, which rest on top of your gums, provide improvements in appearance and function, they are not the perfect solution. They come with drawbacks that some patients find difficult to tolerate.
For patients with total tooth loss, Dr. Gurman provides permanent and sturdy implant dentures for the best in comfort, aesthetics, and oral function. Implant dentures are different from traditional dentures in that they are anchored to your jawbone. This keeps them in place so they won’t slip. As a result, patients are able to eat, talk, and smile with confidence. Call or visit Alpine Dental Center today to learn more about your options for stabilized teeth replacements that look and feel great.
Advantages of Implant Dentures
When compared to traditional dentures, implant dentures have several main advantages, such as:
- No slipping. A conventional full denture uses an adhesive to stay in place, which means there will be some slipping and irritation involved. Implant dentures are stabilized using dental implants, keeping the denture securely in place.
- Long-lasting. Traditional dentures need to be replaced every 5-7 years, while implant dentures can last for decades with the right care.
- Better biting force. Traditional dentures are better than they once were, but they will never really feel like natural teeth. With the support of your jawbone, dental implants will feel almost like real teeth. You can regain as much as 70% of your natural biting force so you can enjoy your favorite foods again.
- Preserves jawbone. Losing even a single tooth causes your jawbone to deteriorate. An implant denture stimulates new bone growth to keep your jaw strong and improve your oral health overall.
Permanent, Full Teeth: No Adhesive Required!
With minimal to no teeth, everyday oral function becomes more challenging and less comfortable. With the right kind of dental appliances, however, this all changes; biting, chewing, and enjoying better nutrition and all around oral health become possible. Implants used to anchor or permanently retain full arches of dentures are the closest prosthetic to your own teeth.
At Alpine Dental Center, our implant-supported denture options include:
Screw-Retained and Clip-On Lower Dentures – Our Thornton implant dentist is experienced in providing lower dentures supported by implants. Using between 2-6 implant posts as anchors, we can attach a lower denture in a way that does not irritate soft tissue or cause discomfort while eating. Patients can choose from dentures that securely snap onto two implant posts or permanent dentures with six implants that are not removable and act like your own real teeth.
Permanent Upper Dentures – Full sets of traditional upper dentures can be bulky and block the palate, making it hard to taste and enjoy your food, but permanent upper dentures supported by implants provide a significant improvement in comfort and strength, as well as the freedom of an unblocked palate. These permanent dentures use six implant posts as supporting anchors and are long-lasting treatments for total tooth loss.
Before beginning treatment, we review important patient considerations, such as practicality, longevity, and budget. If patients have any healthy teeth that can be saved, Dr. Gurman does his best to provide conservative care where only severely damaged teeth are extracted and replaced.
The patient also needs to be a good candidate for implant dentures. They must have sufficient bone density in order for the procedure to be a success, although a bone graft may be recommended for support. Implant dentures also require good health. You must also have healthy gum tissue and a strong immune system.
Alpine Dental Center is also happy to provide implant denture restorations for patients with damaged dental prosthetics.
Caring for Your Implant Dentures
Caring for implant-supported dentures is easy. Brush your teeth twice a day, just like you would for your natural teeth. Implant dentures can be removable or fixed. If they are removable, place them in a glass of water before going to bed at night to prevent them from drying out and cracking. If they are fixed, be sure to floss them thoroughly daily. Keeping your dentures clean will prevent infections that can affect your oral health.
Regular dentist appointments will keep your dentures in good shape. Your dentist can assess your dentures and look for any issues, such as cracks or alignment issues, that can make it hard to chew, speak, or smile.
Enjoy a Stable Smile with Fixed Dentures in Thornton, CO
With our flexible options for implant treatment, we are able to provide full smile rehabilitations for patients with any number of missing teeth. Contact our dental office today to learn more about how you can trade in your loose dentures for a comfortable and secure new smile supported by implants.