Implant Dentures – Scottsdale, AZ

Rebuild a Strong and Beautiful Smile

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Among the millions of people who are missing all of their teeth, many of them choose to get traditional dentures. However, that option has some downsides. Is there a better way to rebuild a strong and beautiful smile? Yes! Here at Shea Dental of Scottsdale, our team is proud to offer start-to-finish implant dentures. Would you like to learn more about this remarkable form of tooth replacement? Get in touch with us today to request a consultation.

What Are Implant Dentures?

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A dental implant is a small titanium post. When it is surgically placed into the jawbone, it bonds with the nearby tissue and can serve as a prosthetic tooth root. When dentures are supported by dental implants, they tend to be remarkably strong, sturdy, and natural-feeling.

There are two basic categories of implant dentures: fixed and removable. During your consultation, we can help you figure out which option best fits your unique circumstances.

Fixed/Permanent Implant Dentures

Fixed implant dentures, which are sometimes called hybrid prosthesis, are usually supported by 4 – 6 implant posts per dental arch. They are designed to stay in the mouth 24/7. In fact, they can only be removed by a dental professional! Many patients enjoy the convenience of always having their teeth in their mouth.

Removable Implant Dentures

As their name implies, removable implant dentures are easy for the patient to remove on their own for oral hygiene purposes. These usually require fewer implants than fixed dentures, making them a popular choice among individuals who have lost some bone density in their jaw.

The Implant Denture Procedure

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Here at Shea Dental, our expert dentists can perform every part of the dental implant procedure in-house. Treatment involves four main stages:

  • We ensure you are a candidate for implant dentures and start planning your treatment.
  • Implant surgery. We carefully insert dental implants into your jawbone.
  • Over a period of a few months, your implants bond with the surrounding tissue.
  • You receive a beautiful new set of teeth to go on top of your implants.

Although the implant denture procedure can seem lengthy, the results it produces are well worth the sacrifice of time!

Am I a Candidate for Implant Dentures?

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You may be a candidate for implant dentures if:

  • You have lost all or most of your teeth throughout a dental arch.
  • Your jawbone is healthy enough to support dental implants.
  • You are well enough to undergo minor surgery.
  • You do not have active gum disease.
  • You are determined to adhere to good habits that will support your implants’ long-term success.

Most patients can qualify for implant dentures, either immediately or after some preparatory treatments.

Benefits of Combining Dentures & Dental Implants

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Implant dentures offer some outstanding benefits. Here are a few examples:

  • You can enjoy a strong bite force that allows you to eat virtually any food, including those that are difficult to consume with traditional dentures.
  • Implant dentures do not slip around in the mouth, so you can expect to be able to speak and laugh without fear of embarrassing incidents.
  • We carefully design implant dentures so they look as natural as possible.
  • Implant dentures tend to last longer than traditional ones. In fact, dental implants are designed to last a lifetime!