Dentures Colorado Springs
Missing Teeth? Dentures provide a centuries-old method of teeth replacement. Advancements in technology and design also make permanent dentures a hassle-free option for having an attractive smile and proper bite. Today, you can discreetly replace your teeth without the hassle or other problems associated with false teeth of past generations.
Our dental team provides affordable full and partial dentures in Colorado Springs, CO and helps patients understand the benefits of permanent dentures. With extensive training and advanced state of the art equipment, Dr. Hickenlooper is recognized as a leading provider of dentures in Colorado Springs.
Are You a Candidate for Colorado Springs Dentures?
Typically anyone who is missing most or all of their teeth is a good candidate for traditional full arch dentures at our practice. When tooth loss is sporadic and you have a substantial amount of healthy remaining teeth, partial dentures may be better suited. If you are looking for a more durable solution to replacing your missing teeth, we also offer implant-supported dentures. Since this option requires dental implant surgery, patients must have healthy gums and adequate jawbone strength to qualify. We will perform a thorough evaluation of your gums, jawbone, and remaining teeth to determine your candidacy for the appropriate type of denture. If gum disease or tooth decay is present, those will need to be addressed before proceeding with dentures.
Traditional dentures are made with a gum-colored base and artificial teeth devised to match your natural tooth enamel for realistic results. Your prosthetic device will be customized to fit securely and comfortably over your gums. Dentures rely on suction and a dental adhesive to hold them in place. Traditional dentures should be removed nightly for cleaning and to allow your gums to rest while you sleep.
When designing your denture, we will take a series of x-rays and impressions to create a 3D model of your smile. This model will be sent to a dental lab where technicians will manufacture your customized denture. The fabrication process typically takes two to three weeks. During your follow-up visit, we will check that your denture fits and demonstrate how to remove and care for the restoration at home.
Rather than affixing to nearby teeth or resting on your gums, implant-supported dentures are sustained by four to six dental implants in either the upper or lower jaw. Before the denture is designed and placed, we will insert tiny implant posts into your jawbone through a surgical procedure. Over the course of four to six months, your jawbone will undergo a process known as osseointegration, giving the implants time to bond with nearby tissues.
Since dental implants operate much like natural tooth roots, your jawbone will not suffer from tissue degeneration (a side effect of tooth loss). Compared to traditional dentures, implant-supported dentures provide longer-lasting results, unparalleled support and durability, improved comfort, and improved oral health.
What Does Getting Dentures Involve?
The process of getting dentures requires several appointments, usually over a period of several weeks. Highly accurate impressions (molds) and measurements are taken and used to create your custom denture. Several “try-in” appointments may be necessary to ensure proper shape, color, and fit. At the final appointment, your dentist will precisely adjust and place the completed denture, ensuring a natural and comfortable fit.
It is normal to experience increased saliva flow, some soreness, and possible speech and chewing difficulty, however this will subside as your muscles and tissues get used to the new dentures.
You will be given care instructions for your new dentures. Proper cleaning of your new dental appliance, good oral hygiene, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new dentures.
Schedule a Colorado Springs Denture Consultation
To learn more about our tooth replacement solutions, contact us online or call our dental office at (719) 434-5800. Our team can discuss with you in detail our several different types of Colorado Springs denture treatment options available to help you make an informed decision about your smile and oral health.