Implant Dentures — Fort Collins, CO
Regain a Stable, Reliable, & Confident Smile
Dental implants are widely regarded as the gold standard for tooth replacement because they replace the entire structure of a missing tooth, not just the part you see when you smile. Recreating the tooth roots gives this type of restoration unmatched functionality and durability, and what’s more, dental implants can be used to replace any number of missing teeth! If you’re frustrated with your traditional dentures and are ready to regain a stable, reliable, and confident smile once again, give us a call and schedule a consultation for implant dentures in Fort Collins.
What Are Implant Dentures?
Implant dentures are full or partial dentures that are anchored into place with dental implants. Four to six of these small metal posts are placed throughout your jawbone, where they integrate and create a firm foundation for your denture. Unlike traditional dentures that rest on your gums or rely on your remaining teeth to stay in place, implant dentures are fully self-supporting. Depending on your unique situation and preferences, an implant denture can be fixed or removable.
Fixed/Permanent Implant Dentures
As their name suggests, fixed implant dentures are designed to stay permanently in place. You’ll wear them 24 hours a day, seven days a week, keeping them in as you eat, talk, and sleep. When you visit us for checkups, we’ll remove your denture to clean it and monitor its integrity.
Removable Implant Dentures
On the other hand, removable implant dentures can snap onto and off of dental implants. This way, patients can remove their dentures for regular cleanings on their own while still enjoying all the stability and confidence of dental implants. Removable implant dentures often require less jawbone dentistry.
The Implant Denture Procedure
If you’re interested in getting implant dentures, you’ll first come visit us for a consultation. Dr. Lindsey will discuss your goals and concerns, then take a look at your mouth and jawbone. If necessary, she may help you schedule preliminary treatments like a bone graft or gum disease treatment to ensure you’re a good candidate. Next, you’ll visit one of the trusted local surgeons we partner with to have your dental implants surgically inserted into your jawbone. After a healing period of about four to six months, you’ll return to our office to have your brand-new implant denture attached to your dental implants.
Am I a Candidate for Implant Dentures?
Many adult patients who are suffering from extreme tooth loss are good candidates for implant dentures. There are three main factors we will take into consideration to determine if you’re a good candidate for implant dentures:
- Overall health: You need to be well enough to undergo minor surgery to have your dental implants placed.
- Oral health: Issues like cavities and gum disease can pose a threat to the success of your implant dentures, so these problems will need to be addressed beforehand.
- Jawbone density: It’s essential that your jawbone is strong enough to support dental implants for your treatment to be successful. Though this can often be a problem for patients missing many teeth, a preliminary bone graft can often give your jaw the density it needs.
Benefits of Combining Dentures & Dental Implants
- No slipping or popping out of place while you talk, eat, or laugh
- Dramatically improved biting power to help you eat all your favorite foods
- Easy everyday maintenance
- Improved oral and overall health
- Preservation of jawbone density and youthful facial features
- The potential to last a lifetime
- The potential to save you thousands of dollars on replacements alone