Implant Dentures – Chicago, IL
Lifelike & Sturdy Full Smile Replacements
If you’re one of the 36 million Americans who don’t have any natural teeth left, you’ve probably turned to dentures as a solution. While modern dentures are much better than their predecessors, they still come with flaws. At University Dental Professionals, we combine dentures with dental implants for amazing function, strength, comfort, and longevity. Our implant dentures in Chicago offer many other health and lifestyle benefits. Plus, we place and restore dental implants all at the same location for ultimate convenience and consistency.
What Are Implant Dentures?
Implant dentures combine the benefits of dentures and dental implants to give you the best of both worlds. Dental implants are tiny prosthetic tooth roots that are surgically placed in the jawbone. These can be paired with a denture for a secure, stable, comfortable, and lifelike set of teeth. Depending on your specific needs, we may recommend one of these two types of dentures during your initial consultation:
Fixed/Permanent Implant Dentures
Fixed implant dentures are designed to remain firmly in place and can only be removed by a dentist. Usually, we can strategically place between 4 to 6 implants in the jawbone to support a full denture. Many patients prefer fixed implant dentures because their function and maintenance are similar to their natural smiles.
Removable Implant Dentures
Sometimes called “Snap-On dentures,” removeable implant dentures also utilize implants that are firmly rooted in the jawbone. However, they have clips or ball sockets that allow you to take them out and put them back in when necessary. This type of implant denture needs to be cleaned daily, however it typically requires just 2 to 5 dental implants.
The Implant Denture Procedure
We proudly provide implant surgery and placement thanks to our Board-Certified Prosthodontist and Periodontist. After your initial consultation, you’ll come in for surgery. We will ensure that you’re numb and comfortable before placing implants. Next, you’ll begin the osseointegration process, which is a healing period that takes 3 to 6 months. Once this is complete, we will attach small connectors called abutments, and we will take impressions of your mouth. Lastly, your final dentures are created from the impressions. We will ensure that you have a natural, comfortable bite before you leave our office to enjoy your new smile.
Am I a Candidate for Implant Dentures?
Most adults with good oral and overall health are candidates, especially those who have a traditional denture that they’re frustrated with. That said, preliminary treatments like gum disease therapy or bone grafting are sometimes necessary to ensure the success of your implant surgery. During your consultation, we’ll examine your mouth, review your medical history, and discuss your specific goals and needs. From there, we’ll be able to create a personalized plan that includes important information like treatment time and cost.
Benefits of Combining Dentures & Dental Implants
Patients choose implant dentures because of their many unique benefits, including:
- Stability: Firmly secured to dental implants, your dentures feel and function like a natural set of teeth, giving you confidence to speak and smile in any setting.
- Diet: Implant dentures allow you to eat a more varying, nutritious, and delicious diet.
- Bone health: Dental implants stimulate the jawbone to prevent it from deteriorating after tooth loss.
- Longevity: Dental implants themselves have a success rate of 95% after 10 years, and they can last for decades with proper care.