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Implant Dentures – Tallahassee, FL

New Teeth That No Longer Slip

Of the 35 million people in America who have no teeth, 90% of them wear dentures. But as much of a difference that dentures can make, they still have their drawbacks. Not only can they slip out of place, but they might also not fit as well as they used to once your jaw changes shape. For these reasons, Dr. Rasmussen is happy to offer a stronger, more stable alternative: implant-retained dentures. If you’re looking for an upgrade from normal dentures, call us today and set up a consultation.

Why Choose Periodontics and Implant Dentistry for Implant Dentures?

  • Experienced Board-Certified Periodontist
  • Dentures with Improved Strength and Stability
  • The Latest in State-of-the-Art Dental Technology

What are Implant Dentures?

Older woman with denim jacket and implant dentures in Tallahassee, FL

A dental implant is essentially a prosthetic tooth root. It’s not the part that people see when you smile; rather, it’s the post inserted into the jawbone that supports the restorations that will serve as your new teeth. In the case of implant dentures, a specific number of dental implants are used to anchor an entire row of false teeth in place; the number of posts might vary, but our goal is to use the absolute minimum necessary. There are two major types of implant dentures:

Fixed/Permanent Implant Dentures

Around 4 to 6 implant posts are placed throughout the jawbone to support the denture. Unliked traditional dentures, a fixed implant denture stays in the mouth 24/7. This helps your new teeth feel just like your old teeth. You’ll be able to brush normally, eat whatever you want, and even sleep with your dentures without worrying.

Removable Implant Dentures

A removable implant denture is sometimes called a “Snap-On denture.” The implants themselves stay in the mouth, but the dentures can be snapped on and off thanks to clips or ball sockets. The trade-off of this type of denture is that you need to take it out of your mouth in order to clean it.

The Implant Denture Procedure

Dentures about to be placed on dental implants

Periodontists like Dr. Rasmussen can perform each step of the dental implant process entirely in-house. It all begins with a consultation where we check your oral and overall health. If we find that you suffer from bone loss, gum disease, or any other condition that could get in the way of successful implant treatment. Once your mouth is ready, Dr. Rasmussen will proceed with the implant surgery. After the posts are placed in the jaw, they’re allowed a few months to fuse with the jaw. The next step is to attach an abutment to each individual post. Finally, after the mouth has completely healed and the posts are found to be stable enough, the final restoration will be designed and placed.

Am I a Candidate for Implant Dentures?

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This will be the first questions we’ll have to answer at your initial consultation. We can move forward with the implant process if:

  • You don’t have any health issues that would stop you from having surgery performed.
  • You don’t have cavities or gum disease.
  • You have enough jawbone density for your desired type of implant denture.

Preliminary procedures like bone grafts may be scheduled as needed; thanks to these treatments, even people who normally wouldn’t be candidates can get implants.

Benefits of Combining Dentures & Dental Implants

lder woman looking at denture model held by dentist
  • Implanted teeth are joined directly with the jawbone, just like real teeth. This lets you avoid the slippage and breakage associated with traditional dentures.
  • No unnatural-looking attachments are required to keep the teeth in place. The implants will be hidden under the gums, and the dentures themselves will be highly lifelike.
  • The implants will stimulate the jaw and help it grow new bone tissue when needed. This keeps the mouth strong and helps maintain support for your facial muscles.
  • Dental implants can last 30 decades and sometimes even the rest of your life.