Implant-retained dentures in overland park

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Implant-retained dentures are a great alternative to traditional full-mouth dentures. Contact us now to schedule a consultation and see if you’re a good candidate.

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The implant-Retained Dentures Procedure?

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Initial Consult

To begin, you’ll need to come to The Art of Dentistry for a consultation with Dr. Kirkegaard, who will perform a comprehensive oral exam and determine if you’re a good candidate for implant-retained dentures. You may need additional preparatory surgeries like tooth extractions or bone grafting.

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Implant placement & Temporary Dentures

At your next appointment, Dr. Kirkegaard will place 4-6 dental implants in the upper, lower, or both arches of your teeth. These implants will be used to support a set of temporary dentures, which you’ll wear as you heal and recover from your treatment.

Healing & Recovery

Once your implants have been placed, you must follow special recovery instructions for a few weeks to ensure they heal properly. It will take up to 6 months for the implants to permanently bond with your jaw. During this time, you’ll schedule follow-ups at The Art of Dentistry so that Dr. Kirkegaard can check your recovery progress and begin fitting your set of permanent dentures.

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Final Denture Placement

After your mouth has fully healed and recovered, you’ll come back to our office for your final denture placement. Dr. Kirkegaard will attach your permanent dentures to your implants and provide you with information about caring for your new smile. Then, you’ll be sent home to enjoy your new teeth.

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What Are Implant-Retained Dentures?

Implant-retained dentures are just like traditional dentures that restore the entire upper, lower, or both arches of your teeth. The only difference is that, instead of being fitted onto your gums and held in place with friction, implant-retained dentures use multiple dental implants.
The dentures snap onto these implants, which anchor them firmly to your jaw bone and prevent them from moving when you eat or speak. This helps stabilize and strengthen your smile.

The Benefits of Implant-Retained Dentures

The biggest benefit of implant-retained dentures is that they look and feel more natural than traditional dentures. They’re made with advanced materials, and are anchored tightly to your jaw bone, so they will never shift or move. 

In addition to this, implant-retained dentures also help strengthen your jaw bone. The implants stimulate your jaw and prevent bone resorption, which prevents changes in your appearance due to the loss of your natural teeth. 

Implant-retained dentures are also very long-lasting and durable, and it’s easy to care for your new smile, so you won’t have to spend a lot of time cleaning and maintaining your teeth.

Recovering & Healing From Implant-Retained Dentures

It will take up to 6-8 months for your mouth to heal completely and for your dental implants to permanently bond with your jaw bone. During this time, you will wear a set of temporary dentures that will attach to your implants.

Dr. Kirkegaard will provide you with a set of instructions to follow during the first few weeks as you recover from surgery. Make sure to follow these instructions closely to heal and recover quickly, and minimize your risk of complications.

Am I A Good Candidate?

If you are missing most or all of your natural teeth, you are a good candidate for implant-supported dentures. However, your jaw bone must be healthy and strong enough to support a set of 4-6 dental implants. To learn more and see if you qualify for treatment, contact The Art of Dentistry for an appointment with Dr. Kory Kirkegaard. Don't hesitate to stop by our office located at 7550 W 160th Street, Overland Park, KS 66085.

Did you know…

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About 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth and nearly 40 million Americans have lost all their teeth.

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Have questions about implant dentistry? Find answers here.

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Am I a good candidate for dental implants?

If you’re interested in dental implants as an option to replace your missing teeth, the first step is to get a consultation from your dentist. They’ll be able to examine your mouth and determine the state of your oral health, the health of your jaw and gums, and whether implants are right for you. They can also help guide you on alternative treatment options if you are not a good candidate for dental implants.

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How are dental implants made?

A dental implant is made of two parts: a small, screw-shaped piece of titanium called the post, and the restoration, which is usually a dental crown and abutment. Posts are manufactured in a variety of pre-selected sizes to ensure each patient gets the right implant for their needs. In contrast, the restoration is completely custom-made. After your dentist places your dental implant, they will take impressions of your teeth and send them to a dental lab.

There, a technician will create a long-lasting, durable dental implant restoration out of porcelain or another high-quality material. This restoration will be sent back to our office, and it will be attached to your dental implant, completing your implant procedure.

How long do dental implants last?

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Dental implants typically last up to 30 years or more with proper placement and care. In fact, it’s very common for patients to keep their implants for the rest of their lives.

However, the dental implant restoration, such as a dental crown or set of overdentures, usually will not last this long. Your restoration is exposed to regular wear and tear from chewing, biting, and more, and may need to be replaced a few times over the years.

Can dental implants get infected?

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It is possible for dental implants to become infected. This is known as “peri-implantitis.” However, this is a very rare complication, and it typically only occurs if the implant is not cared for and kept clean after surgery.

You can avoid peri-implantitis by following your dentist’s instructions while recovering, and by brushing and flossing regularly after your implant has healed.

Will dental implants stop bone loss?

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Yes. Bone loss occurs when your jaw bone is no longer stimulated by the natural pressure of chewing and biting. Your tooth transmits this force through the root and into your jaw bone, which keeps your jaw bone healthy.

When you lose a tooth, this process stops, and the jaw bone tends to weaken. Since the post of the dental implant is placed directly into the jaw bone and acts as a tooth root, it restimulates your jaw bone by transmitting the force of chewing and biting once again.

Can dental implants be done in one day?

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Some types of dental implant systems can be done in one day. The restoration is usually temporary until you have fully healed from your dental implant placement surgery. This solution allows you to speak and eat normally, however, the restoration is temporary.

As your mouth heals, you’ll attend appointments at your doctor’s office where impressions will be taken. These impressions will guide the manufacturing of your restoration. This permanent restoration will be a more durable, long-lasting, and natural-looking prosthetic than your temporaries.

Did you know…

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Dental implants are the only restorative option that preserves and stimulates your natural bone structure.

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