Implant Dentures – Mt. Pleasant, WI

Rebuild Your Smile with Long-Term Solutions

Tens of millions of Americans are missing all of their teeth today, and many of them use dentures as a result. While these restorations can be ideal and affordable, they come with a variety of setbacks that many people would prefer to avoid. With implant dentures, you can do precisely that. At Sweet Smiles Family Dentistry, Dr. Siddiqui and Dr. Chanana recommend implant dentures in Mt. Pleasant to those looking for a long-lasting and natural-feeling solution to severe tooth loss. So, whether you’re missing several teeth throughout your mouth or all teeth in your upper, lower, or both arches, give our office a call!

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What are Implant Dentures?

Implant denture in Mt. Pleasant for the upper arch

An implant denture is a specific type of tooth replacement designed to replace an entire arch (or both arches) of teeth using dental implants. Dental implants are titanium posts that can be placed inside of the jawbone and integrate with the body’s natural bone and soft tissue. After the implants heal, an abutment (or metal connector) is attached so they can hold a restoration. In this case, they attach to multiple fasteners inside of an implant denture.

Depending on your needs, you have two main types of implant dentures to choose from: fixed and removable.

Fixed/Permanent Implant Dentures

A fixed implant denture is not removed at home. Instead, they are only removed by a dentist. This means they will require more implants (around four to six) to place. However, it also means brushing and flossing at home will be easier since you won’t have to remove your denture to clean it. Those with sufficient bone tissue are likely eligible for fixed implant dentures.

Removable Implant Dentures

Also referred to as “snap-on” dentures, removable implant dentures are easily taken out for cleaning at home. This is because they rely on either clips or ball-sockets to stay in place. If you are lacking bone tissue and don’t want to receive a bone graft, a removable option may be more appropriate for your needs. In most cases, they only require two implants to hold in place.

The Implant Denture Procedure

Implant dentist in Mt. Pleasant performing oral surgery

The implant denture procedure is similar to the process for receiving single dental implants and includes the following:

  • First, we’ll complete an exam and consultation to ensure you are able to receive dental implants. If so, we’ll create a treatment plan based around your needs and schedule you for surgery at a later date. Otherwise, we’ll discuss treatments you’ll need to complete beforehand and revisit your tooth replacement afterwards.
  • During your surgery, a small incision is made in the gum tissue and tiny holes are created for the implants. After placement, the gum tissue is stitched closed and the implants are given several months to integrate.
  • You’ll come back to our office for routine examinations to confirm the healing is happening as intended as well as receive abutments for the implants.
  • At your final appointment, you’ll receive your implant denture and we’ll make adjustments as needed to ensure your comfort and keep your bite even.

Am I a Candidate for Implant Dentures?

Older woman with dental implants in Mt. Pleasant

Candidates for implant dentures should have:

  • Good oral health
  • Good overall health (i.e. able to receive minor surgery)
  • Sufficient bone tissue for the implants to integrate with
  • A strong commitment to at-home oral hygiene

Benefits of Combining Dentures & Dental Implants

Older couple enjoying a meal together

Implant dentures do take more time to receive compared to traditional dentures, but they offer many benefits that make them unique. For example, implant dentures provide:

  • A long-lasting tooth replacement (30+ years of reliable use)
  • A natural-looking smile that boosts your confidence
  • Long-term health benefits (including a stimulated jawbone and improved blood flow)
  • The ability to eat the foods you enjoy (and therefore expand your diet)
  • No more need for denture adhesive
  • Easy at-home oral maintenance