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What Are Implant Dentures?

While modern dentures are better than ever, many patients still find them frustrating. While they can quickly restore the appearance of a full smile and some biting force, they’re neither as sturdy nor comfortable as natural teeth. What’s more, the jawbone naturally begins to shrink after tooth loss, which causes traditional dentures to lose their fit.

When you pair dentures with dental implants in Phoenix, all these issues can be avoided! Instead of resting on your gums, implant dentures are anchored in place with dental implants inserted directly into the jaw. This mimics the roots of your natural teeth and ensures that your denture never slips out of place. There are two main types of implant dentures:

Fixed Implant Dentures

A fixed or permanent denture is exactly what it sounds like: a denture that is permanently fixed to the dental implants that support it. You’ll keep your fixed implant denture in at all times and it can only be removed by your dentist.

Removable Implant Dentures

On the other hand, an overdenture is a denture that can be snapped onto and off of the dental implants that support it thanks to small clips. In some cases, a traditional denture can be retrofitted to work as an overdenture.

The Implant Denture Process

First, you’ll meet with your Phoenix implant dentist Dr. Christine Gonzalez or Dr. Ryan Cicero to plan out your treatment. After you’ve completed any necessary preliminary treatments like gum disease or bone grafting, we’ll perform your implant surgery right here in our state-of-the-art office. During this procedure, several small dental implant posts are placed in strategic locations throughout your jawbone.

After your mouth has had a chance to heal from the surgery, we’ll design your custom denture. When it’s created, you’ll return to our office to have it placed and make any necessary adjustments. Then, you’ll be ready to walk out of our office with your brand-new smile!

Am I a Candidate for Implant Dentures?

While it is ultimately the decision of our team to determine if you are a qualified candidate for implant dentures, there are criteria you must possess, such as:

  • Great oral health

  • Good overall health

  • Adequate jawbone density

Even if you don’t think you’re a good candidate for dental implants, come see us for a consultation anyway. We’ll help you address whatever problems are standing between you and your ideal set of pearly whites.

Benefits of Combining Dentures & Dental Implants

Incredibly lifelike: Thanks to modern materials, your new smile will look good as new and completely natural.

  • No more slipping: When dentures are anchored into the jaw, you’ll never feel them slip or pop out of place.

  • Strong biting force: Implant dentures can help you regain 85% or more of your natural biting force, allowing you to enjoy all your favorite foods and beverages.

  • Easy to care for: Cleaning implant dentures is almost as easy as caring for your natural teeth.

  • Preservation of jawbone and facial structure: Dental implants prevent jawbone deterioration, which preserves your youthful facial features.

Start your journey towards a new smile and give us a call today!

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