Implant Dentures – Tucson, AZ
Permanent Prosthetics For a Longer-Lasting Smile
Tooth loss of any kind is devastating. No one sets out to lose their natural teeth; however, should poor oral hygiene or serious damage lead to worsening oral health conditions, it can quickly become an unfortunate reality. While dentures can create the look of a new and improved smile, they lack longevity, functionality, and aesthetics. Fortunately, Dr. Lopez and his team are here to offer an alternative solution – implant dentures in Tucson. As a professional implant surgeon, Dr. Lopez is a member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI). He is pleased to provide dental implant placement and restoration in-house, creating a more comfortable and convenient process for patients like yourself who need implant dentures. Contact us today to learn more about these unique prosthetics and schedule an appointment for your initial consultation.
What Are Implant Dentures?
Implant dentures are a superior alternative to traditional dentures. Instead of relying on a prosthetic that only sits on top of the gums and using your natural suction to remain in place, implant dentures consist of between 4 and 8 dental implant posts made of titanium that are surgically placed into the jawbone and fuse over time. A fixed or removable denture is then placed on top of the implants to create a fully functional, longer-lasting, life-changing smile.
Because an initial consultation is required with your implant dentist in Tucson, it is during this visit that you will discuss your smile goals as well as the type of denture you prefer: fixed or removable.
Fixed/Permanent Implant Dentures
Also known as a hybrid prosthesis, a fixed denture uses between 4 and 6 dental implants and requires more jawbone density. It cannot be removed by anyone other than your implant dentist, however, it is easy to maintain and clean as well as ensure a natural, seamless appearance.
Removable Implant Dentures
Known as “Snap-On dentures,” this removable prosthetic only uses between 2 and 5 dental implants and does not require as much jawbone density, so you may not require a bone graft or sinus lift depending on your case. If you choose this type of denture, you will be free to remove it for cleaning purposes at night before going to bed.
The Implant Denture Process
The entire dental implant placement process occurs in-house when choosing Dr. Lopez to place your new teeth. Although each patient’s case is different, the same steps are used to complete treatment and ensure successful results. These include:
- Scheduling an initial consultation to discuss your eligibility and whether you need preliminary treatments (i.e., bone grafting, periodontal therapy).
- Undergoing dental implant surgery that requires local anesthesia before small incisions are made in your gums and each implant is placed in the appropriate location. The gum tissue is then closed, and a protective healing cap is added to the tops of each implant.
- Recovery at home for the next 3-6 months allows for osseointegration to occur, which is the process of your dental implants in Tucson fusing with the bone.
- Metal abutments are placed after you’re fully healed, allowing your restoration to connect to your implant correctly.
- The final restoration is placed, providing you with a new and improved smile.
Am I a Candidate for Implant Dentures?
Believe it or not, most adults suffering from tooth loss are eligible to receive dental implants. If you are missing an entire arch and prefer a more permanent solution as opposed to traditional tooth replacements, implant dentures may just be the right option for you. However, Dr. Lopez will need to consider the following before determining how best to move forward with treatment:
- You must have good oral health, which means no signs of gum disease. If any natural teeth remain, he may decide to extract these teeth depending on their current state.
- You must be in good general overall health since dental implant placement does require minor oral surgery.
- You’ll need adequate jawbone density to ensure a firm foundation for your implants and restoration. If you do not have enough bone, you may need a bone graft before moving forward.
Benefits of Combining Dentures & Dental Implants
Yes, dental implants do take longer to place than traditional dentures; however, the results you’ll see in the end are well worth the time and money. Also, by combining regular dentures with dental implants, you’ll enjoy the following benefits:
- Eating all your favorite foods without worrying about your prosthetic slipping or falling out.
- Embracing a better quality of life by feeling more confident eating, speaking, and smiling in front of others.
- Enjoying better oral health because of the ease of maintenance as well as the improvement in your jawbone stimulation that prevents shrinkage over time and facial collapse.
- Greater bite force and chewing power that allows you to eat denser foods without concern.