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. To restore the damaged sense of well-being and ability to consume a healthy, nutritious diet, tooth replacement is essential. Traditional dentures only replace the most visible part of the tooth and often leave much to be desired. 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, implant dentures in Shepherdsville are considered the gold standard. Not only do they look and function like natural teeth, but they’re designed to last a lifetime with proper care.
If you need to restore an entire row of teeth, our Shepherdsville dentist and team are here to help. Call our dental office to schedule your consultation. We’ll review your potential options and partner with you to create a tooth replacement plan that meets your needs.
Implant 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, an implant denture will look, feel, and function almost exactly like your lost tooth structures. Depending on your individual needs and preferences, our team may recommend one of two options:
Also known as a hybrid prosthesis, this type of denture remains firmly in place, only to be removed by your implant dentist in Shepherdsville. It typically requires between 4 and 6 dental implants that are positioned correctly within the jawbone and allow for greater flexibility in the long run. It is necessary that you have more jawbone density though when choosing this type of implant denture.
Often referred to as an “overdenture” or “Snap-On denture,” this solution uses clips (bar-retained) or ball sockets (ball-retained) to hold it in place. It can be easily removed when preparing to clean and only requires between 2 and 5 dental implants, making it possible to have less jawbone density.
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 will refer you to a trusted oral surgeon to perform the actual surgical placement of your dental implants in Shepherdsville. Once the posts are in position, a protective cap will be put into place 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, after you’ve fully recovered at home and osseointegration is complete, you’ll return to our dental office where we attach the abutment posts and design your final denture. When the implant 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.
Although the process is timely, the results will be well worth the investment you’ve made in your smile.
With appropriate preliminary treatments, a close partnership with trusted oral surgeons, and precise treatment planning, almost any patient can be a candidate for implant dentures. The ideal candidates possess the following attributes:
Although you can expect to spend more time working toward a complete and fully functional smile, the benefits of implant dentures far outweigh those of other tooth replacement solutions, such as: