Denver Dentures and Implants: Your Ideal Solution for Missing Teeth

If you’re in Denver and dealing with missing teeth, Denver Dentures and Implants offers a range of solutions, including removable partial dentures. While this option provides a quick fix, you might also consider our specialized All-On-4 or single dental implants for a more permanent solution.

What Are Removable Partial Dentures?

Removable partial dentures are dental prosthetics designed to replace missing teeth in your mouth. Unlike full dentures, which replace a complete set, these are used when you still have some natural teeth remaining. They consist of replacement teeth attached to a gum-colored plastic base, often connected by a metal framework. 

How They Work

Custom-made to fit your mouth precisely, removable partial dentures are anchored in place by clasps that attach to your existing teeth. Additionally, some use precision attachments, which are discreet mechanisms that interlock components on both the natural tooth and the denture. Once fitted, they restore functionality to your mouth, allowing you to eat and speak more comfortably.

Benefits of Removable Partial Dentures 

Benefit Description
Restoration of Oral Function Allows patients to chew and speak more effectively by replacing missing teeth.
Aesthetic Improvement Helps restore a person’s smile by filling in gaps left by missing teeth, leading to increased self-confidence and self-esteem.
Prevention of Tooth Drift By filling in gaps, removable partial dentures prevent adjacent teeth from drifting into empty spaces, which can cause misalignment and bite problems.
Improved Facial Contour Can help support facial muscles and structures, preventing the “sunken” appearance that can occur with missing teeth.
Flexibility and Adaptability Can be modified to accommodate changes in the mouth, such as the loss of additional teeth.
Protection of Remaining Teeth By distributing chewing forces more evenly and preventing overloading of the remaining natural teeth, they can help reduce the risk of wear and damage to these teeth.

 

While removable partial dentures serve as a functional solution for missing teeth, it’s worth considering more permanent options like All-On-4 dental implants for a more natural feel and improved oral health.

The All-On-4 and Single Implant Advantage

When it comes to replacing missing teeth, All-On-4 and single-tooth implants stand out as a superior choice for those seeking a permanent solution. Here are the unique advantages of choosing these options at Denver Dentures and Implants:

 

  • Cost-Effectiveness Over Time: A long-term investment that eliminates recurring costs associated with denture maintenance and replacement.
  • Enhanced Aesthetics: Offers a natural look and feel, closely mimicking your original teeth in both function and appearance.
  • Improved Oral Health: Unlike removable dentures, these implants stimulate the jawbone, preventing bone loss and promoting better oral health.
  • Convenience and Ease of Use: A fixed, low-maintenance solution; you can say goodbye to the daily hassle of removing and cleaning dentures.
  • Greater Food Choices: You can enjoy a wider variety of foods without worrying about dislodging or damaging your dental prosthetics.
  • Boosted Self-Confidence: Stability and natural appearance can significantly enhance your self-esteem and quality of life.
  • Durability and Reliability: Constructed from top-tier materials designed to endure daily usage, they provide a sturdy and dependable solution.
  • Minimal Impact on Adjacent Teeth: Unlike other options like bridges, single-tooth implants have no negative impact on nearby teeth, preserving the overall integrity of your dental structure.
Denver Dentures and Implants | Removable Partial Dentures in Denver
Denver Dentures and Implants | Removable Partial Dentures in Denver

Why Choose Denver Dentures and Implants?

Denver Dentures and Implants stands out as a leader in the field, offering a range of advantages that make us the ideal choice for your dental care needs.

  • Competitive Pricing: We offer some of the most cost-effective solutions in the market, making high-quality dental care accessible to more people.
  • Personalized Service: Our practice combines the resources of a large chain with the intimate feel of a private clinic, ensuring each patient receives personalized attention.
  • On-Site Lab and Technician: Our in-house lab and skilled technicians enable quicker turnaround times and higher quality control for all dental prosthetics and implants.
  • Specialized Expertise: We focus solely on dental implants and dentures, ensuring you receive specialized care from experts in the field.
  • High-Quality Materials: We use only the best materials for your dental solutions, balancing affordability with long-lasting quality.
  • Comprehensive Consultation: Our extensive initial consultation ensures that we understand your specific needs and can recommend the best treatment options for you.
  • Financing Options: We offer flexible financing options, allowing you to get the care you need without financial strain.

 

Book Your Consultation Today

Denver Dentures and Implants is here to guide you every step of the way, whether you’re considering All-On-4 or single dental implants or leaning toward removable partial dentures. Don’t hesitate – contact us today.

Removable Partial Dentures vs. Single-Tooth vs. All-On-4 Implants

To help you make an informed choice, we’ve created a comprehensive table that compares All-On-4 and single-tooth implants with removable partial dentures across key criteria.

 

Criteria Removable Partial Dentures All-On-4 Dental Implants Single Tooth Implants
Cost-Effectiveness Lower initial cost; potential for ongoing maintenance costs Long-term investment; fewer ongoing costs Mid-range cost; fewer ongoing costs
Longevity May require frequent adjustments and replacements Designed to last a lifetime Designed to last a long time
Natural Feel Less natural feel; may cause discomfort Mimics natural teeth in function and appearance Very close to natural teeth in function and appearance
Oral Health Benefits No jawbone stimulation; potential for bone loss Stimulates jawbone; prevents bone loss Stimulates jawbone; prevents bone loss
Maintenance High; daily removal and cleaning required Low; regular brushing and dental check-ups Low; regular brushing and dental check-ups
Aesthetic Appeal Moderate; may be visible clasps or metal framework High; closely resembles natural teeth High; indistinguishable from natural teeth
Food Restrictions Some; caution needed with hard or sticky foods Few to none; eat freely Few to none; eat freely
Convenience Must be removed daily for cleaning Fixed solution; no daily removal Fixed solution; no daily removal

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How many implants will I need?

The upper implant denture will need at least 4 implants. The lower implant denture will need at least 2 dental implants. The more implants you have, the more secure the denture will typically be. This is especially true for the lower denture. Three or four implants in the lower is generally much better than just two.

How much do implant dentures cost?

For pricing information on snap-in implant dentures click here!

I have had dentures for a long time, are implants still an option?

In most cases, yes! Our doctor will just need to see you for a free consultation, during which we will do a 3D CBCT scan of your mouth to see if you have enough bone for dental implants.

Will I get to use the implants (snap my dentures on to them) the same day of the procedure?

No, we must allow time for the implants to integrate with the 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 usually wait between four and six months before securing to your implants.

Will there be pain after the implants are placed?

While experiences will vary, you can expect some soreness and possibly swelling after the procedure. Many patients come in the next day for their post op appointment, reporting minimal tenderness. You will be prescribed pain medication to help relieve any discomfort.

Can I be put to sleep for my procedure?

Our practice does 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 you relax and often makes it so you don’t even remember the procedure. If you choose this, we will write a prescription, which you can pick it up at your local pharmacy. NOTE: A driver is REQUIRED for the procedure, someone who can drive you once you have taken your oral sedation medication. You MUST NOT operate a motor vehicle or any machinery after taking this medication.

Are implant dentures really secure?

Yes! Implant dentures are much more secure than dentures alone, and we are able to increase the retention with even stronger inserts if you prefer.

Can I remove the palate (roof of mouth) of this type of denture?

It depends. Ideally, we would need to spread out the dental implants in order 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 isn't always an option 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 covering the roof of the 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 finished and we are ready to attach to your implants, approximately 4-6 months after placement of your implants.

How often will my implant inserts require changing?

Usually once or twice per year. This often depends on how many implants you have, the strength of your bite, how frequently you take your dentures in and out, and multiple other factors.

WARNING: PLEASE DO NOT BITE YOUR DENTURES INTO PLACE ON YOUR IMPLANTS! This can wear out the inserts much 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? Must they be removed?

Tori are bony knots that develop in the mouth of some patients. Tori are not harmful, however, they might prevent your denture(s) from fitting comfortably, so the 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 mouth considers it a foreign object and attempts to “flush” it out. The increased salivation should stop within 2-3 days.

How long can I expect to bleed after the procedure?

Significant bleeding will have stopped before you leave the office, however, expect to have some slight bleeding (oozing) for one to three days after the procedure. Additionally, you can expect to 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 our office.

A home remedy which still works quite well to help clotting and reduce bleeding is to use tea bags. Get a standard tea bag, dampen it, squeeze out the extra 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. The process can be repeated as many times as needed.

Do you offer this procedure with zirconia (non-metal) implants?

Our practice does not currently offer this type of implant. While titanium dental implants have been used for decades with a long track record of success, zirconia implants are very new to dentistry, so we do not know what their success will be long-term. We want the most successful, most predictable long-term results for our patients, and for these reasons, we do not use zirconia implants at this time.

Can food get lodged beneath my denture implant(s)?

Yes, any oral prosthetic will get some amount of food beneath it. The wonderful 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 much time should I take off work to recover after the procedure?

Every patient is different. Some return to work the following day, others wait up to two weeks. As there is always a chance of bruising and swelling, and you will need to get used to speaking and eating 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 snap-in dentures?

No, this is not just a procedure for seniors. It is very common for patients in their 40s, 30s, even 20s to need teeth replacement. Replacing bad teeth can be extremely beneficial for your general physical health. Also, having teeth which allow you to have a confident smile, laugh, and converse can be very helpful for your psychological health. Again, wanting to replace teeth earlier in life is not uncommon.

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:
          - soups
          - yogurt
          - cottage cheese
          - smoothies
          - protein shakes
          - eggs
          - mashed potatoes (gravy optional)

Once I have my prosthetic teeth attached, will I know how to use them immediately?

Just as you would need practice in order to get used to walking with a prosthetic leg, you will need patience and practice to get used to your new replacement teeth. With that being said, since they are attached using implants, your dentures will be much easier to get used to than regular dentures.

Will I know how to talk with my new teeth right away?

Again, this will take some time, but with some patience and practice, your tongue and mouth will quickly adjust. The letter S will be the toughest to pronounce. Practicing words like "sarcastic" and "seventy seven" can help you get used to your new teeth. Sometimes, patients might have a slight lisp long term with implant dentures.

Will my dentures still rock?

Some patients may experience very slight rocking with their implant dentures. For patients with 2 bottom implants, these will need to be placed in the front of your mouth making it possible for some rocking to happen. A dab of adhesive at the back on each side of the lower denture will usually correct 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.

Can I remove implant dentures?

Yes. Having removable implant dentures makes cleaning them very easy. Just take them out; clean the denture(s), your gums, and implants; then 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
  • smoking
  • diabetes

If an implant fails within the first year, your dentist will replace it at no charge to you.

What is involved with maintaining implant dentures?

  • Snaps | Periodically you’ll need to replace the snap rings in the implant dentures. These wear and lose retention over time as you take your teeth in and out. They’re quick and affordable to have replaced.
  • Cleanings | Similar to natural teeth, you’ll need to have your implants professionally cleaned periodically. Any buildup on the implants will be removed and your dentures will be cleaned.
  • Periodic re-fittings | Your mouth can still change over time, so the dentures may need to be re-fitted to ensure their best performance and ensure that unnecessary stress isn’t being put on the implants.
  • Home maintenance | It takes just 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, remember to clean the implants. Scrub these with a very soft dental brush too.
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