Denver Dentures and Implants: Your Affordable Solution for a Beautiful Smile
If you’re grappling with missing teeth and seeking an affordable yet high-quality solution, you’ve come to the right place. At Denver Dentures and Implants, we offer partial dentures as a viable option. However, we also encourage you to consider our All-On-4 or single-tooth implants for a more permanent and comfortable solution.
We understand that every patient is unique, and so are their dental needs. Unlike other practices that offer a wide range of services, we focus solely on implants and dentures. This specialization allows us to provide you with the best materials and on-site technicians, ensuring a seamless and efficient process from consultation to completion.
What Are Partial Dentures?
Partial dentures are a type of dental prosthetic designed to fill the gaps left by missing teeth, unlike complete dentures, which replace an entire set. Additionally, these dentures consist of replacement teeth attached to a gum-colored plastic base. This is connected by a metal framework, which is designed to hold the denture in place.
How Do They Work?
They fit snugly over the gums and are anchored to existing teeth. This provides a secure fit while also making it easy to remove them for cleaning or during sleep.
Who Needs Partial Dentures?
Partial dentures are often recommended for individuals who have lost one or more teeth but still have some natural teeth remaining. They are a less invasive option compared to dental implants and bridges but offer less permanence and stability in comparison.
- Improved Speech: Missing teeth can create speech impediments. Partial dentures fill in the gaps, helping you articulate words more clearly.
- Enhanced Eating Ability: They allow you to chew food more effectively, enabling you to enjoy a wider variety of foods and maintain a balanced diet.
- Aesthetic Appeal: Crafted to resemble your natural teeth, they can improve your smile and elevate your self-confidence.
- Better Facial Structure: Missing teeth can cause your facial muscles to sag, making you appear older. Partial dentures provide the necessary support to maintain a more youthful appearance.
- Cost-Effectiveness: Generally less expensive than other tooth replacement options like implants, making them a more accessible choice for many people.
- Less Invasive: It’s a non-surgical procedure, making it suitable for those who may not be candidates for other more intrusive interventions.
While partial dentures offer these benefits, it’s worth considering more permanent solutions like All-On-4 dental implants or single-tooth fixtures for long-term satisfaction and improved oral health.
Why Consider All-On-4 Implants or Single Implants?
While partial dentures serve as a functional and cost-effective solution for missing teeth, they do have limitations. All-On-4 and single-tooth implants are the more advanced and permanent alternatives that address many of the drawbacks associated with removable dentures. These implants are securely anchored into your jawbone, providing a fixed and stable foundation for your new teeth.
- Natural Feel: Designed to look and feel like your natural teeth, they offer a level of comfort and stability that removable dentures can’t match.
- Durability: Constructed from high-quality materials, they reduce the need for frequent adjustments or replacements and thereby lower long-term costs.
- Improved Oral Health: They stimulate bone growth in the jaw, halting the process of bone resorption caused by tooth loss.
- Non-Removable: All-On-4 and single-tooth implants are fixed components in your mouth, eliminating the inconvenience of removal and the discomfort associated with loose dentures.
- No Long Healing Times: You can use your dental implants almost immediately, without the need for extended healing periods.
- Unrestricted Taste: They don’t cover the roof of the mouth, allowing you to taste your food better.
- Best Chewing Capability: Of all full-arch or full-mouth tooth replacement options, All-On-4 implants offer the best chewing capability, enabling you to enjoy a wider range of foods.
- Minimal Bone Requirement: Ideal for people who have been told they don’t have enough bone for traditional implants.
While All-On-4 and single-tooth implants come with a higher upfront cost compared to partial dentures, the long-term benefits they offer make them a worthwhile investment for those seeking a permanent solution to tooth loss.
What Are Economy Dentures?
Economy dentures are a type of removable dental appliance designed to replace missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Unlike traditional dentures, which can be custom-fitted and made from various materials, economy dentures are generally pre-fabricated and offer fewer customization options. However, they are crafted to provide a natural appearance and comfortable fit.
How They Work
The process starts with a comprehensive dental examination to assess the condition of your remaining teeth and gums. Based on this, impressions of your mouth are taken to create a set of dentures tailored to fit comfortably. They are then crafted in our on-site dental lab, ensuring quick turnaround times and high-quality results.
Once ready, the dentures are fitted and adjusted as needed to ensure optimal comfort and functionality. Being removable, they not only make it easy for you to clean them but also offer the flexibility to take them out at night, aiding in better oral hygiene and overall dental health.
Material and Design
Economy dentures are typically made from lower-cost materials like acrylic resin. While they may not offer the same level of durability as other types, they are a viable option for those looking for a quick and affordable solution.
They are functional, allowing you to eat, speak, and smile with confidence. These fittings are particularly beneficial for individuals who require a full arch or full mouth tooth replacement but are not candidates for dental implants due to cost or medical reasons.
They can be easily adjusted or relined to improve comfort and fit, although they may require more frequent adjustments compared to custom dentures.
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While partial dentures offer a functional and cost-effective solution for tooth loss, other options that provide a more permanent and comfortable alternative. At Denver Dentures and Implants, we specialize in All-On-4 or single-tooth implants and highly recommend them for long-term satisfaction and an enhanced quality of life.
Choose Denver Dentures and Implants for our personalized approach, on-site dental lab, and competitive pricing. We offer the best of both worlds: the advantages of a large chain with the feel of a private practice. Experience the difference today.
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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