Implant Dentures in Wilkes-Barre, PA
Are you tired of uncomfortable, loose dentures that make eating, speaking, and everyday activities a challenge? At Mint Mini Dental Implants, your trusted dental practice in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, we offer implant dentures, a life-changing solution for patients dealing with “floating” dentures.
At our state-of-the-art facility, we specialize in implant-retained dentures that restore your confidence to eat what you want, speak naturally, and smile with joy. Say goodbye to unreliable adhesives and cumbersome nightly cleaning routines.
What Are Implant Dentures?
90% of people with no natural teeth have dentures, but you don’t have to settle for wobbly conventional dentures. Implant dentures, particularly mini dental implant-supported dentures, have revolutionized the field of dentistry. This procedure anchors your dentures securely, allowing you to chew, speak, and smile with renewed confidence.
The foundation of implant dentures is the mini dental implants, which are titanium posts that we affix to your jaw during a minimally invasive same-day procedure. The implant dentures “snap in” to ensure a secure and comfortable fit. Offering greater stability than their traditional counterparts, implant dentures lead to greater patient satisfaction.
Different denture options use mini implants. Implant-retained dentures or overdentures are removable, so you can take them out to clean them as needed. Implant-supported dentures are semi-removable, meaning that Dr. Coolican can detach them for cleaning at your regular six-month checkups. If you prefer a non-removable option, these are available as well. In this case, the dentures are cemented into place.
Dr. Coolican may recommend implant dentures as part of a comprehensive full-mouth reconstruction treatment.
Traditional Dentures vs. Implant Dentures
Imagine a life where you can confidently enjoy your favorite foods, speak clearly, and smile widely without fear of loose or uncomfortable dentures. For years, traditional dentures were the only option for those looking to replace their missing teeth, but they come with significant drawbacks. Implant dentures, anchored by mini dental implants, solve the many issues associated with conventional dentures.
Traditional dentures require messy adhesives to help secure the appliance, which makes the denture difficult to clean.
Implant dentures are firmly rooted in your jawbone, requiring standard oral care to maintain them.
A conventional denture depends on suction or gravity to stay in place on your gum, but they are known to slip and slide. Slipping can happen when you chew, speak, smile, laugh, or cough. With traditional dentures, you need to learn how to use your muscles to hold your dentures in place. This not only makes eating and speaking difficult, but a shifting denture loosens over time.
While denture adhesive is designed to secure the denture in place, it changes the force of your bite, weakening the denture’s fit. Unlike implant dentures, traditional dentures need to be relined, which is a process that reshapes the denture material to enhance the fit.
Mini dental implants anchor the denture so that it doesn’t budge while you are enjoying a meal or chatting with friends. Your implant denture will last for many years without needing to be adjusted.
Because traditional dentures rest on your gum, they can cause irritation that makes you vulnerable to infection, especially when the denture is ill-fitting. Denture stomatitis, a fungal infection common with traditional dentures, can cause redness, swelling, soreness, and additional problems if left untreated.
Implant dentures are much more comfortable as they are less bulky and don’t move around. Unlike traditional dentures, implants help create a perfect fit, meaning that you’ll experience greater comfort as you eat and speak.
Difficulty chewing is a common problem with traditional dentures. Because your traditional dentures can slip out of position, you may not be confident eating all of your favorite foods.
When traditional dentures don’t fit properly, you can also have an uneven bite. Implant dentures, on the other hand, maintain your full bite force, allowing you to continue your normal eating habits.
Your jawbone stays healthy through the force of eating and chewing, but when you lose your teeth, you also lose the ability to stimulate your jawbone. Without this stimulation, the bone atrophies or loses its structure, leading to further tooth loss and changes to your appearance.
Traditional dentures simply cannot prevent bone deterioration the way implant dentures can. The mini dental implants that we use to anchor your dentures act just like your natural tooth roots, giving the jawbone the stimulus it needs to maintain its structure.
You can avoid a sunken-in appearance and maintain the health of your jawbone with mini implants.
We Use Mini Dental Implants to Restore Your Smile
The highlight of our practice is the same-day dental implant service. Dr. Coolican uses mini dental implants over conventional dental implants to maximize patient outcomes.
Conventional dental implants often require a long recovery time, during which you might have to endure being toothless or wear a temporary denture. However, mini dental implants are minimally invasive and provide immediate results. This is great news for those who were previously denied conventional dental implant treatment due to insufficient bone density. Mini dental implants, owing to their smaller size, can usually be performed without bone grafting.
With this revolutionary procedure, patients can have their natural teeth extracted and mini dental implants placed all in one to two short visits. After your dental implant procedure, you’ll walk away with a beautiful and functional set of teeth.
Financially, the benefits of mini dental implant dentures are also significant. The cost is nearly half that of traditional dental implants, offering you a wallet-friendly way to enjoy a lifetime of beautiful smiles.
The Implant Denture Procedure
If implant dentures are right for you, Dr. Coolican will numb your jaw and gums using local anesthesia. While this procedure is quick and minimally invasive, we understand that dental anxiety can be a hurdle for many, so we offer sedation options like oral conscious sedation to ensure a comfortable and stress-free experience for all our patients.
During your procedure, Dr. Coolican will drill four to eight small holes into your jaw. Each metal post is then placed and tightened using special tools. The number of implants that you will need depends on the volume and density of your jawbone. Placement of lower dentures typically requires four to six mini dental implants, while upper dentures usually require six to eight mini dental implants.
When the jaw has fully healed, your custom-made implant dentures are attached.
Financing Your Implant Dentures
At Mint Mini Dental Implants, we understand that financial constraints can sometimes stand in the way of necessary treatment. We partner with Ally, Lending Club, and CareCredit to give our patients the best rates and terms to fit their budgetary needs. Many of these plans offer 0% introductory rates and convenient monthly payment options to finance your implant dentures.
Are Implant Dentures Right for You?
If you are ready to say goodbye to wobbly dentures, contact Mint Mini Dental Implants in Wilkes-Barre, PA to request your free consultation today. Guided by the expertise of Dr. John Coolican, DMD, FAGD, you can trust that you’ll receive high-quality implant dentures in a warm and compassionate environment.