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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why should you get implant-retained Dentures? 

Implant-retained dentures are an excellent option for patients who have lost most of their teeth and require replacement. As compared to traditional dentures, they are more secure and won’t fall out from eating or talking, because titanium posts are implanted into the jaw.

The comfort of implant-retained dentures is beneficial for patients who suffer from TMJ disorder or sleep apnea. Because they stimulate the jaw bone, they prevent further bone loss, unlike traditional dentures which offer no jaw stimulation.

While the posts are implanted into the jaw, the dentures themselves are still removable which makes them easy to clean and replace without having to tamper with the implants themselves.

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Do Implant-Retained Dentures Look Natural? 

Implant-retained dentures look very natural because the false teeth can be made of porcelain material, which matches the color and appearance of your natural teeth quite closely. They are attached to an acrylic base which mimics the appearance of real gums. 

Because these dentures are clipped onto your implants, they enable you to have a much more natural bite and don't compromise your facial structure. Your implant-retained dentures are held in their proper place and result in a more youthful-looking smile by minimizing wrinkles around the mouth.

How Comfortable and Functional are implant-retained Dentures? 

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Some of the biggest complaints about traditional dentures are that they are uncomfortable to wear, shift around in the mouth, cause excess saliva, and prevent their wearers from enjoying their favorite foods.

The stability of implant-retained dentures is unparalleled, allowing them to stay in place when you are chewing and function like real teeth. You will be unrestricted in what foods you consume and it will not cause damage to your teeth.

Traditional dentures tend to move when the patient speaks, which can cause embarrassment. Knowing that your dentures will remain in place causes patients to feel more confident. 

Traditional dentures can cause sore spots or pressure points that are not present in implant-retained dentures. They are so comfortable that many patients do not notice them throughout the day.

how much maintenance do implant-retained dentures require?

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Implant-retained dentures are less prone to uncleanliness than traditional dentures because there is less space for food to seep under the dentures. This reduces the amount of cleaning required and means your dentures will not weaken.

Though implant-retained dentures are less subject to food getting stuck in between the dentures, food particles can still create residue between your false teeth and cause discoloration. It's important to properly clean and care for your dentures and abutment teeth.

Removable dentures are just like real teeth. They need to be regularly cleaned and you still need to visit your dentist for professional cleanings and checkups twice per year. You should thoroughly brush around your implants and the surrounding areas of your mouth after every meal. You should floss around your implants every day and soak your dentures in a cleaning solution made from denture cleaning tablets and brush along the insides.

Implant-Retained dentures are a great alternative to dental implants and traditional dentures for patients who are missing all of or most of their teeth. They are comfortable, attractive, prevent bone loss, and durable. If you’re interested in implant-retained dentures, contact us at The Art of Dentistry to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kory Kirkegaard.

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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