Implant Dentures – Lakewood, CO

Flawless Smile Restoration

Countless millions of people are missing all of their teeth. Are you among them? If so, you may have thought about getting traditional dentures. But did you know that you might be a candidate for a stronger, longer-lasting alternative? Dr. Emanuel and our Lakewood, CO, dental team are proud to offer implant dentures. This state-of-the-art tooth replacement treatment provides flawless smile restoration. Read this page to learn more about it, and then contact us when you are ready to request a consultation.

What Are Implant Dentures?

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Dental implants are small titanium posts that serve as prosthetic tooth roots. Once they are surgically placed in the jawbone, they bond with the surrounding tissue. As a result, they can provide an incredibly strong base of support for dentures. That is why implant dentures tend to be sturdier and tend to last longer than their traditional counterparts.

There are two main categories of implant dentures: fixed/permanent implant dentures and removable implant dentures.

Fixed/Permanent Implant Dentures

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As their name indicates, fixed implant dentures are permanently attached to the underlying dental implants; they can only be removed by a dental professional. Therefore, they can be treated almost exactly like natural teeth. The biggest downside to this option is that it requires patients to have significant jawbone strength and density to support the implants.

Removable Implant Dentures

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Removable implant dentures usually require fewer implants than fixed dentures, making this option popular among individuals who have lost some bone density in their jaw. They are easy for patients to remove on their own for oral hygiene purposes. Small bar- or ball-shaped attachments help to keep them in place.

The Implant Denture Procedure

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Dr. Emanuel and our team partner with local specialists to provide top-quality care during every stage of the implant denture procedure. The treatment process involves four main steps:

  • During your consultation, we make sure dental implants are right for you and start planning your treatment.
  • During your surgery, a specialist places the implants at their pre-planned locations.
  • Osseointegration is the biological process that allows implants to bond with the surrounding tissue. It usually takes a few months.
  • When we restore your implants, you will receive your beautiful new denture.

Although the implant denture procedure can seem lengthy, the end results are well worth the wait!

Am I a Candidate for Implant Dentures?

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Implant dentures might be suitable for you if:

  • Your jawbone is healthy enough to support dental implants.
  • You are free of active gum disease.
  • You are in fair overall health.
  • You have good habits that will support your implants’ long-term success.

If you are unsure of whether implant dentures are a fit for you, attend a consultation. Most people with extensive tooth loss can qualify for this treatment!

Benefits of Combining Dentures & Dental Implants

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Some of the most outstanding benefits of implant dentures include:

  • Dental implants stimulate the jawbone and help to prevent the deterioration that normally occurs after tooth loss.
  • You can enjoy a strong bite that can stand up to virtually any food, including foods that are not recommended for people who wear traditional dentures.
  • Implant dentures look and feel impressively natural. They are the next best thing to real teeth!
  • You can expect your dental implants and dentures to last a long time.
  • Although they cost more than traditional dentures, implant dentures are an excellent monetary value.