Implant Dentures – Uniontown, PA
Permanent Prosthetics Capable of Lasting a Lifetime
As you contemplate how you wish to replace your missing teeth, a part of you may be thinking dentures may be the right solution because of how long dentists have been using them to restore incomplete smiles. While they can give you back the smile you lost, they leave a lot to be desired because of their instability and frequent adjustments. Dr. Edward Witek, Jr., however, is pleased to offer an alternative option to patients in need – implant dentures in Uniontown. With these permanent prosthetics, you can freely eat, speak, and embrace a better quality of life because of their unique placement and longevity. If you are ready to learn more about implant dentures and are wondering if you may be eligible, contact us today to schedule a consultation.
Why Choose Dr. Edward Witek, Jr. for Implant Dentures?
- Start-to-Finish Convenience
- Trusted Expert with Over 40 Years of Experience
- Advanced Dental Technology to Ensure Beautiful Results
What Are Implant Dentures?
Unlike dentures that only use your natural suction to remain in place on top of your gums, implant dentures are surgically placed into your jawbone, creating a more stable and functional smile. Considered the gold standard for tooth replacement, dental implants in Uniontown fuse with the bone and tissues to create a firm foundation for your customized denture when put into place. This allows for greater bite force and chewing power as well as improved confidence because of your natural, fully functional smile.
Using between 4 and 6 dental implants to hold it in place, an estimated 500,000 are placed each year with individuals eagerly awaiting their new and improved smiles. Dr. Witek Jr. is pleased to be able to provide this start-to-finish process in-house and will recommend one of two types of implant dentures when meeting with him for treatment:
Fixed/Permanent Implant Dentures
Considered a hybrid prosthetic, a fixed implant denture cannot be removed by anyone other than your implant dentist in Uniontown. Using anywhere from 4-6 implants, it does not require removal for cleaning but instead allows for improved oral health because of its ability to look and function just like regular teeth.
Removable Implant Dentures
A removable implant denture, also known as an overdenture, uses only 2-5 implants and requires less bone density to place. This type of denture can be easily removed when you plan to clean it before bed. Most removable dentures use a bar-retained or ball-retained device to hold the denture in place.
The Implant Denture Process
Although every patient who undergoes dental implant treatment can indeed expect a unique treatment plan that is designed based on their individual needs, the same steps are followed no matter how many dental implants need to be put into place:
- You will meet with your implant dentist in Uniontown to discuss your eligibility for treatment during an initial consultation. If necessary, you may be required to undergo preliminary procedures (i.e., bone grafting, tooth extraction) to ensure a healthier environment for your dental implants when put into place later on.
- You will have your dental implant surgery performed in-house. You will receive local anesthesia before having multiple incisions created in your gums before the implants are carefully positioned and angled for maximum support. After closing the gum tissue, you are allowed to return home.
- You will spend the next several months (on average, 3-6) at home recovering. Osseointegration will occur, which is the fusing of the implants with your bone and surrounding tissues.
- You will return to have your metal abutments put into place, as these are small connector appliances that attach the dental implants with your customized denture.
- The final step is receiving your restoration, which will be put into place and officially complete your new smile.
Am I a Candidate for Implant Dentures?
To know if you are a candidate for implant dentures, you must first schedule a consultation with Dr. Witek, Jr. Even if you assume you will not be eligible, it is best to let him examine your oral cavity and facial structures to determine if you are a good candidate. Even if problems do exist, some solutions can lead to dental implants in the near future.
Some of the factors he will consider when determining if you are eligible for treatment include:
- The density of your jawbone. If it is too weak, you may need to have a bone graft to strengthen this area of your mouth.
- Your general health. You must be healthy enough to undergo minor oral surgery.
- Your oral health. Signs of gum disease must be treated before you begin the process of receiving implant dentures.
- Your commitment to maintaining good oral hygiene once your implants are in place.
Benefits of Combining Dentures & Dental Implants
Implant dentures are capable of offering far more benefits than any other type of tooth replacement. Yes, other solutions may be cheaper, but their upkeep will have you spending more over the years. Some of the most common benefits you can expect with implant dentures include:
- Prosthetics that are designed to last 30 years or even a lifetime with proper care and maintenance.
- The ability to embrace a better quality of life because of the improved confidence you will have that allows you to enjoy time spent around family, friends, and colleagues.
- A chance for better oral health because your implants will continue to stimulate your jawbone and prevent facial collapse over time.
- The ability to eat the foods you love with ease, never worrying about your implants falling out or slipping.
- No oral sores or irritation because your implants are firmly placed in the jawbone, so no matter how much your facial shape changes over the years, your implants will not create problems for your oral cavity.