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Implant Dentures – Lynchburg, VA

A More Stable, Permanent Tooth Replacement Option

Woman smiling with dentures

Have you suffered from complete tooth loss on one or both arches? If so, your quality of life and confidence may have quickly declined. Now, it is very difficult to chew your favorite foods and it’s a struggle to speak clearly. Traditional dentures are great for some patients, but they don’t have the natural feel that you’re looking for. If you are eager for an alternative solution to replace your missing teeth, Peery Family Dentistry has the answer you need. With the use of implant dentures in Lynchburg, we can give you the next best thing compared to your real teeth.

What Are Implant Dentures?

Digital illustration of implant dentures

Traditional dentures rely on the shape and suction of your mouth to stay in place. However, implant dentures work a little bit differently. They are supported by small, screwlike posts that are surgically inserted into the jawbone for a strong foundation. This will help to ensure that your new smile is stable and long-lasting. There are two different types of implant dentures. During your visit with us, we will discuss and determine which of the following tooth replacement options is right for you.

Fixed/Permanent Implant Dentures

A fixed implant denture is designed to stay in place at all times. It can only be removed by a dental professional. In most cases, four to six strategically placed dental implants are placed to hold a permanent denture. This is preferred by many patients because it feels more natural. For this type of denture, it is crucial that you have sufficient jawbone density.

Removable Implant Dentures

Removable dentures, also called “snap-on” dentures, are also held into place using dental implants. However, they use clips or ball sockets to attach to them. This way, patients can take their dentures out as needed. This style of implant denture should be removed throughout the day for cleaning. They only require two to five implants to be successful.

The Implant Denture Procedure

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During your dental implant consultation, we will determine whether you make a good candidate for implant dentures. Then we can create a treatment plan that meets your needs. For some patients, preparatory procedures are needed before getting dental implants to improve the likelihood of success.

The dental implants will be surgically placed in your jawbone. After this procedure, your implants will fuse to the surrounding bone tissue in a process called osseointegration. This can take up to six months. Next, we will place metal connectors called “abutments.” We will design your final denture according to your needs and use the abutments to secure it into place.

Am I a Candidate for Implant Dentures?

Man smiling in dental chair

Most adults who are in good health make good candidates for implant dentures. During your consultation with us, we will discuss your needs and explain what your options are. To make a good candidate, it’s important that you:

  • Are in good enough health to undergo minor surgery
  • Don’t have existing oral health issues, like cavities and gum disease
  • Can maintain excellent dental hygiene
  • Have sufficient jawbone density

Benefits of Combining Dentures & Dental Implants

Woman smiling with dentures

Here are just some of the numerous benefits you can experience by opting for implant dentures:

  • No need for denture adhesive
  • Additional stability and security
  • 70% increased biting force
  • Lasts for many decades
  • Prevents bone loss
  • Feels comfortable
  • Natural appearance