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Implant Dentures - Marrero, LA

Dentures remain popular as a teeth replacement option because they are relatively inexpensive and do not require lengthy treatment. Modern dentures also look like real teeth and fit more comfortably. However, removable dentures are not very stable or secure, and they may come off when you chew, laugh, or speak. Removable dentures also need to be relined or adjusted as your mouth changes over time.

If you want the freedom to eat whatever you want and smile and speak with confidence, consider implant dentures from your Marrero, LA dentist, Dr. C.J. Landry. He is an experienced implant specialist who places implant dentures in-house here at Lapalco Family Dental.

There are two different types of dentures that can be done. You can have an implant-supported denture or implants for dentures where we place implants and then the denture attaches to, yet they’re still removable.

We love nothing better than to have a patient come in that has a denture made someplace else that is uncomfortable, doesn’t fit, and doesn’t look good. We can transform that patient and give them a beautiful smile that they’re comfortable and happy with. And, if they decide to go with implants to help stabilize the denture, it’s a whole new world for them as far as smiling, laughing, singing, eating, self-esteem – it all comes back when your denture is very stable.

What are Implant Dentures?

Implant dentures are fixed dentures supported by dental implants. About four or six dental implants can be used to stabilize a complete upper or lower denture. The dental implants act like columns or foundations that hold up the “roof” (the dentures). Dr. Landry first surgically embeds the dental implants into the gums and allows the soft tissues to heal. Then, the denture is attached to the implants.

Because the implants are fixed in the gums, the overdenture is more stable than dentures that merely sit on top of the gums. Implant-retained dentures are great for people with poor jawbone quality that prevents them from having individual implants placed.

The Procedure

Model of implant retained denture

When somebody is missing a single tooth, we can go back in and place an implant into the area that the tooth was extracted from and put a single crown or a cap on top of that. So, say it’s your front tooth. You don’t have to walk around missing a front tooth anymore. You don’t have to have a removable appliance.

Implants in a denture situation – lower dentures just historically don’t stay in well. What we do is, we place between two and five implants on the lower ridge, and we can give you a denture that’s stable, it doesn’t rock, it’s retained, and you can still take it out at night so you can keep it clean – but it’s like having teeth again. Your confidence is back, your self-esteem is back, and you can chew without having to worry about what you’re eating.

During a consultation, Dr. Landry will examine your mouth and jaw thoroughly to determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure. Restorative work may be performed first (treatment for gum disease, decay, damage) before the implants can be placed. If you are getting complete denture, Dr. Landry will remove any remaining teeth. He will also take impressions to design the permanent denture.

To learn more about implant-retained dentures and see if they are right for you, contact us today for a consultation.