Implant-Retained Dentures – Indianapolis, IN
A Brand New Smile that Feels 100% Natural
When you’ve had missing teeth for a long time or you’ve needed to have multiple teeth extracted, you might think that dental implants won’t be able to help you. The fact of the matter is Dr. Farthing and Dr. Tepner offer implant-retained dentures in Indianapolis, IN that combine the comprehensiveness of dentures and the long-term integration of dental implants into one revolutionary package! If you’re ready to get your smile replaced to the fullest, give our dental office a call to schedule your very first implant consultation.
How Do Implant-Retained Dentures Work?
Unlike traditional dentures, implant-retained versions make use of surgically-implanted titanium posts designed to hold larger restorations. In this case, a series of dental implants, typically four to six, integrate with your existing bone and gum tissue in order to create a larger foundation for your full or partial denture. Compared to natural suction, denture adhesive, and metal clasps, which are usually relied upon to keep a denture in place, an implant-retained denture feels like night and day. This is because dental implants replace the root of your missing tooth, while traditional dentures only rest on top of the gums and therefore only replace the visible portion of your smile (i.e. the crowns.)
Am I A Candidate for Implant-Retained Dentures
Just like major restorative dental treatment, it is incredibly important that you have good overall health before beginning the procedure. This means you should not have any tooth decay present nor should you have gum disease. Additionally, we’ll need to make sure that you have sufficient bone volume inside of your jaw as well. During your consultation, we’ll capture detailed X-rays of your jaw to measure its width and height. If we determine that you need additional bone tissue, we may recommend a bone graft. This treatment uses donated bone tissue to increase the amount of healthy bone tissue, making it viable to receive dental implants.
The Implant-Retained Dentures Procedure
After we’ve explained your treatment in detail and confirmed your eligibility, we’ll schedule you for the procedure for a later date. During the actual treatment, your mouth will be numbed with anesthetic to ensure comfort. If you need help getting more relaxed, we may also recommend nitrous oxide to keep you at ease. To start, we’ll create a series of small incisions inside your gum tissue, place a series of implants throughout your mouth and close your gum tissue so they can heal and integrate with your jaw. After several months of healing and multiple follow-up appointments, we can place an abutment piece onto your implants (which connects your final restoration to your implants.) After an additional few weeks of healing, we’ll create an impression of your final restoration and affix it to your implants.
Benefits of Combining Dentures and Dental Implants
- Improved fit overall
- Long-lasting tooth replacement solution
- Fixed and removable solutions available
- The ability to eat the foods you want without worry
- Incredibly high success rates, averaging about 95 percent