When a person has lost numerous consecutive and nonconsecutive teeth or a full row of teeth, the result is significantly diminished confidence, difficulty speaking clearly, and limited diet. In order to restore the damaged sense of wellbeing and ability to consume a healthy, nutritious diet, tooth replacement is essential. Traditional dentures really only replace the uppermost part of the tooth visible when you smile. At Exceptional Dentistry, we’re dedicated to offering the highest quality treatment options in every oral health situation. When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dental implant supported restorations are the gold standard in care. Implant supported dentures look and function much more like natural teeth. If you’re in need of restoration for one tooth or a full row, our Shepherdsville dentist and team are here to help. Call our dental office to schedule your tooth replacement consultation. We’ll review your potential tooth replacement options and partner with you to create a tooth replacement plan that meets your needs.
Traditional dentures use a gum colored base material to support numerous replacement teeth. These traditional, removable dentures are anchored into place using remaining healthy structures for support. In the case of traditional partial dentures, they are held in position using clasps attached to healthy teeth. Full dentures are supported through suction between the denture base and gum line. Traditional dentures restore much of the appearance and form of the smile following advanced tooth loss. However, without the restoration of the lost tooth roots, the dentures are only able to restore a limited amount of function.
Dental implant supported dentures more closely mimic the appearance and function of natural tooth structures. Using between three and six strategically positioned implant posts, a partial or full denture can be more naturally supported without adversely impacting remaining tooth structures. Once in place, a dental implant supported denture will look, feel, and function almost exactly like your lost tooth structures.
With appropriate preparatory therapies, close partnership with general healthcare providers, and precise treatment planning, almost any patient can be a candidate for implant supported dentures. The ideal candidates for implant supported dentures will meet the following qualifications:
Like other implant supported tooth replacement plans, the implant denture process is completed over the course of several phases of treatment. The initial phase is preparation. This may involve a number of specific steps, including removing damaged or decayed teeth, placing tissue grafts, and renewing oral health with gum disease treatment or other services. Once your oral structures are prepared, we’ll place the dental implant posts. Once the posts are in position, we place a protective cap that allows the implants to fuse with the supportive structures while preserving the shape of the gums in order to attach the replacement teeth. Over the course of several months, the implants are allowed to fuse with the bone and gum tissue. Then, you’ll return to our dental office where we attach the abutment posts and design your final denture. When the denture is returned from our dental lab, you’ll schedule your final office visit. During this last appointment, we’ll affix the flawless custom denture to the implants, recreating your healthy, flawless smile.