Denver Dentures and Implants: The Ultimate Solution for a Confident Smile
Are you tired of hiding your smile due to missing or damaged teeth? Denver Dentures and Implants is here to offer you a life-changing solution: custom dentures. Our specialized service ensures that you regain not just your smile but also your confidence and quality of life.
What Are Custom Dentures?
Custom dentures are not your average, one-size-fits-all dental prosthetics. They are meticulously designed and crafted to fit the unique contours of your mouth, providing an unparalleled level of comfort and functionality. Unlike traditional options, which can often feel bulky and unnatural, custom dentures are made using advanced technology and high-quality materials to mimic the appearance and feel of natural teeth.
Key Features of Custom Dentures
- Tailored Fit: The impressions of your mouth will be used to create the denture, ensuring a snug and comfortable fit.
- Natural Appearance: Advanced materials and craftsmanship give these dentures a life-like appearance, making it almost impossible to distinguish them from natural teeth.
- Durability: Made from premium materials, custom dentures are designed to last, resisting wear and tear better than their traditional counterparts.
- Optimized Functionality: The accurate fit enhances your clarity of speech and allows for greater flexibility in your eating options, thereby enriching your day-to-day life.
- Ease of Maintenance: They are easier to clean due to their custom design and quality materials, reducing the risk of bacterial buildup and oral infections.
- Enhanced Stability: Custom dentures include features that enhance stability, reducing the likelihood of slippage or movement during daily activities.
The Custom Denture Process
1. Initial Research and Consultation: We begin by reviewing the options available to you, then schedule a free consultation for a preliminary dental exam and to discuss your needs.
2. Dental Impressions and Design: After the consultation, we take dental impressions to create a model of your mouth. Our on-site technician then designs a denture tailored to your dental structure using advanced technology.
3. Trial and Final Fitting: A prototype or ‘trial’ denture is initially fitted for comfort and appearance. Any necessary modifications are made before proceeding to the final fitting.
4. Follow-Up and Long-Term Care: Comprehensive aftercare includes immediate follow-up appointments for any minor alterations and long-term care guidance to maintain the longevity of your custom dentures.
5. Periodic Reviews: Scheduled reviews ensure ongoing comfort and assess any wear and tear, making adjustments as needed.
Custom Dentures vs. Traditional Dentures
When choosing between custom and traditional dentures, it’s essential to weigh the pros and cons to determine which option best suits your needs.
|Features/Benefits||Custom Dentures||Traditional Dentures|
|Fit||Tailored to the individual’s mouth for a snug fit||Generic fit, may require adhesives for stability|
|Materials||High-quality, durable materials||Typically made from acrylic or other less durable materials|
|Appearance||Life-like, almost indistinguishable from natural teeth||Limited customization, may look less natural|
|Functionality||Enhanced ability to speak and eat a variety of foods||May limit types of food that can be comfortably eaten|
|Comfort||Reduced irritation due to precise fit||Potential for gum irritation due to less precise fit|
|Maintenance||Easier to clean, less prone to bacterial buildup||May require more frequent cleaning and use of adhesives|
|Cost||Higher initial investment but long-term cost efficiency||Generally less expensive upfront but may require more frequent replacements|
|Availability||Takes time to craft but offers long-term benefits||Quicker availability due to pre-fabricated design|
|Adhesives Required||Rarely, if ever, require the use of adhesives||Often require the use of adhesives for added stability|
|Speech Clarity||Improved enunciation due to accurate fit||May cause speech issues due to a less secure fit|
|Nutritional Benefits||Efficient chewing aids in digestion and overall health||Less efficient chewing may limit nutritional intake|
|Long-Term Durability||Resistant to wear and tear, offering long-term durability||May be prone to wear and tear, requiring more frequent replacements|
|Ease of Replacement/Adjustment||Can be easily adjusted or modified for long-term comfort||Easier to replace but less likely to offer long-term comfort|
By opting for custom dentures from Denver Dentures and Implants, you’re choosing a solution that prioritizes your comfort, aesthetics, and overall well-being.
Why Choose Denver Dentures and Implants for Custom Dentures?
- Affordable Pricing: Our custom dentures are much cheaper than competitors like ClearChoice, saving you thousands of dollars.
- Personalized Care: Despite being a large chain, we offer a private practice experience, ensuring a more personalized approach.
- On-Site Technician and Dental Lab: Our in-house lab guarantees the lowest cost while using the best materials.
- Comprehensive Aftercare: We offer follow-up appointments to ensure you’re completely satisfied with your new dentures.
- Flexible Payment Options: To make our services accessible, we offer various payment plans and financing options.
- High-Quality Materials: We use top-grade materials like titanium and zirconia to ensure durability and a natural look.
- Expertise: Specializing solely in dental implants and dentures, our team has the experience to deliver the best results.
- Quick Turnaround: With our in-house lab, we can offer same-day denture services in some cases.
- Advanced Technology: We employ the latest dental technologies for precise measurements and fittings, ensuring optimal comfort.
- Client Education: We provide you with all the information you need to care for your dentures, maximizing their lifespan.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many implants will I need?
An upper implant denture requires at least 4 implants. A lower implant denture requires at least 2 implants. The more implants you have, the more stable your denture will generally be. This is especially true with the lower denture. Three or 4 implants in the lower is usually much better than 2.
How much do implant dentures cost?
For pricing information on snap-in implant dentures click here!
I’ve had dentures for a long time, can I still get implants?
In many cases, yes! We’ll just need to see you for a free consultation, during which we will do a 3D CBCT scan of your jaw to see if you have enough bone for dental implants.
Will I get to use my implants (snap my dentures on to them) the same day they’re placed?
No, we must allow time for your implants to integrate with your bone. This is what makes your implants truly stable and will help ensure you enjoy many years or decades of use out of them. We typically wait between 4 and 6 months before attaching to your implants.
Will there be pain after the procedure?
While experiences will vary, you should expect some discomfort and possibly swelling after your procedure. Many patients come in the next day for their post op appointment reporting very little discomfort. You will be prescribed pain medication to help alleviate any discomfort.
Can I be put to sleep for my procedure?
We do not currently put patients to sleep, however, we do offer both oral & IV conscious sedation. To learn more about these options click here. This medication will help to relax you and often makes it so you don’t even remember your procedure. For this, we write you a prescription, and you can pick it up at your pharmacy of choice. NOTE: You MUST have a driver for this procedure, someone who can drive you after you have taken your oral sedation pill(s). You MUST NOT operate a motor vehicle or any machinery after taking your medication.
Are implant dentures really secure?
Yes! They are much more secure than dentures alone, and we are able to increase the retention with stronger inserts if you prefer.
Can I remove the palate of the denture (roof of mouth)?
It depends. Ideally, we would need to spread the dental implants out to be able to remove a portion of the palate in a snap-in denture. With our All-On-4 procedure, we can guarantee the ability to remove the palate, but that's not always the case with snap-in dentures.
When we are able to remove the palate, this increases the ability to taste for many patients, and also increases hot and cold sensitivity, making for a more natural experience. For those patients with a severe gag reflex, removing the palate of the denture can also help provide relief.
When can I have the palate (middle part that covers roof of mouth) removed from my denture?
If you are a candidate for a palate-less denture, it will be removed from your final denture. This is after healing and osseointegration are complete and we are ready to attach to your implants (appromximately 4-6 months after placement of your implants).
How often will my implant inserts need to be changed?
Typically 1 to 2 times per year. This will depend on how many implants you have, how strong your bite is, how frequently you take your dentures in and out, and several other factors.
WARNING: PLEASE DO NOT BITE YOUR DENTURES INTO PLACE ON YOUR IMPLANTS! This will wear out your inserts significantly faster. Only place your implant dentures in by hand.
What is alveoloplasty? Why is it important?
Alveoplasty is a procedure where the doctor contours your jawbone. This procedure is important because it can significantly improve the fit and comfort of your dentures.
What are tori? Do they need to be removed?
Tori are bony knots that develop in the mouth of many patients. They are not harmful, however, they can prevent your denture(s) from fitting comfortably, so your doctor will often recommend having them removed.
Why am I salivating (drooling) so much?
This is completely normal when you first have a prosthesis (denture) placed in your mouth. Your body senses it as a foreign object and is trying to “flush” it out. This increased salivation should subside within 2-3 days.
How long will I bleed after the procedure?
Significant bleeding will have stopped before you leave the clinic, however, expect to have some slight bleeding (oozing) for 1-3 days after the procedure. In addition, you will most likely notice increased salivation when we first put your denture(s) in. When this increased saliva mixes with a little blood, it can look like a lot of blood. If heavy bleeding continues, please call the office.
An old home remedy that still works really well to help clotting and stop bleeding is the use of tea bags. Just get a regular tea bag, get it damp, squeeze out the excess water, place it on your extraction site or sites, and the bags will help you clot. Multiple tea bags can be used if needed. Replace the tea bags if they get saturated with blood. This process can be repeated as many times as you need.
Do you offer this procedure with zirconia (non-metal) implants?
We do not currently offer this type of implant. While titanium implants have been around for decades with a long track record of success, zirconia implants are very new to the market, so we do not know what their success will be like long-term. We want the most successful, most predictable long-term results for our patients, and for these reasons, we do not offer zirconia implants at this time.
Can food get under my implant dentures(s)?
Yes, any prosthetic in the mouth will get some amount of food under it. The great thing about implant dentures is how easy they are to clean. Just take them out; clean the denture(s), your gums, and implants; and snap them back in.
How long should I take off work for recovery after my procedure?
Every patient is different. Some return to work the next day, others wait a week or two. Since there is always the chance of bruising and swelling, and you’ll need to get used to eating and speaking with your new teeth, the longer you can take off, the better.
What is a soft liner?
A soft liner is a cushion we place inside your denture to help it fit and feel better as your mouth heals and changes shape following extractions.
Am I too young for this procedure?
No, this is not just a procedure for the elderly. It’s actually quite common for people in their 40s, 30s, even 20s to need to replace their teeth. Replacing bad teeth can be hugely beneficial to your overall physical health. Also, having teeth that allow you to confidently smile, laugh, and converse can be hugely beneficial to your emotional health. Again, needing to replace teeth early in life is not uncommon at all.
What items should I have ready for after my procedure?
- Ice packs
- Wash cloths you don’t mind throwing away
- Comfortable clothes you don’t mind throwing away
- Soft foods such as:
- cottage cheese
- protein shakes
- mashed potatoes (gravy optional)
Once I have my implant teeth attached, will I know how to use them right away?
Just as you would need practice in order to get used to functioning with a prosthetic leg, it will require some practice and patience to get used to your new prosthetic teeth. With that being said, since they are attached with implants, your dentures will be much easier to get used to than regular dentures.
Will I know how to speak with my new teeth right away?
Again, this will take a little time, but with some patience and practice, your mouth and tongue will quickly adjust. S’s will be the toughest to pronounce. Practicing words like “Mississippi” and “sixty six” will help you get used to your new teeth. In some cases, patients may have a slight lisp long term with implant dentures.
Will my dentures still rock?
Some patients may experience very slight rocking with their dentures. For patient who have 2 lower implants, these must be placed in the front of the jaw making it possible for some rocking to occur. A dab of adhesive at the back on each side of the lower denture will usually take care of this.
I can’t stand having the roof of my mouth covered. What are my options?
In this case, your best bet would be the All-On-4 procedure. Not all snap-in dentures can have the palate removed.
Are implant dentures removable?
Yes. Having removable implant dentures makes cleaning them very convenient. Just take them out; clean the denture(s), your gums, and implants; and snap them back in.
Can implants fail?
While titanium dental implants do have a 95+% success rate, yes, they can still fail. Some of the things that can cause them to fail:
- failure to integrate into the bone
If an implant fails within the first year, your dentist will replace it at no charge to you.
What is involved in maintenance of implant dentures?
- Snaps | Periodically you’ll need to change out the snap rings in your implant dentures. These wear and lose retention over time and as you take your teeth in and out. They’re quick and affordable to have changed out.
- Cleanings | Just like with natural teeth, you’ll need to have your implants cleaned periodically. Any buildup on your implants will be removed and your dentures will be cleaned.
- Periodic re-fittings | Your mouth will still change over time, so your dentures will need to be re-fitted to ensure their best performance and ensure that unnecessary stress isn’t being put on your implants.
- Home maintenance | It only takes a few minutes a day. Take your dentures out 1-2 times per day and brush them with a denture brush or very soft bristled toothbrush. Also, don’t forget to clean your implants. scrub these with a very soft dental brush also.
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