NORTHEAST TEXAS PERIODONTAL SPECIALISTS
Nathan E. Hodges, DDS, MS
Kimberly D. Sheppard, DDS, MS

Dental Implant Retained Dentures

Award Winning, state-of-the-art periodontics & dental implants in safe, friendly practices

Northeast Texas Periodontal Specialists - Dental Implant Retained Dentures Rockwall Paris TX

Dental Implant Retained Dentures

Award Winning, state-of-the-art periodontics & dental implants in safe, friendly practices

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Implant Retained Dentures
Rockwall & Paris, Texas

Implant retained dentures are dentures that are held securely in place by dental implants. These dentures have an attachment that connects to the underside of your denture, which provides greater functionality and retention compared to traditional dentures. Unlike fixed dentures, implant retained dentures are removable, which allows for more thorough and easier cleaning. While implant retained dentures will not fully restore your ability to bite and chew, they are a more affordable option for replacing missing teeth, and will provide much greater functionality and stability than traditional dentures. Unlike traditional dentures, they also will not require the use of adhesives or frequent adjustment and will eliminate the discomfort and pain that can occur when an unsupported denture rubs against the gums of your dental arch.

At Northeast Texas Periodontal Specialists, we offer a range of implant-based solutions for missing teeth, including implant retained dentures. If you are missing teeth and would like to learn more about whether implant retained dentures or another implant-based solution is right for you, please refer to the following. To schedule an appointment for a consultation to see if implant retained dentures are right for you, contact our Rockwall office today at (972) 771-8640 or our Paris office at (903) 785-4832.

Implant Retained Dentures
Consultation & Process

The first step in getting implant retained dentures is scheduling an initial examination so we can determine whether this is the best treatment option for you. This evaluation will also include taking 3D images using a dental CT (CBCT) scanner, which produces high-quality 3-D images that will also allow us to determine the optimal placement of your implants. These images will also be used in conjunction with special software to create a surgical guide to ensure the implant is precisely placed into the pre-planned position. Provided you are viable candidate for implant retained dentures, impressions of your new teeth will be made and a follow-up appointment will be scheduled.

Before we begin the implant retained denture procedure, we will administer a local anesthetic to ensure you do not feel any discomfort and dental sedation, if necessary. Once you are numbed and comfortable, the procedure will begin by making an incision in your gums. Next, we will use a Piezosurgery ultrasonic surgical instrument to prepare the bone where your implants will be placed. Unlike conventional instruments, Piezosurgery uses ultrasonic vibrations to precisely cut bone without affecting the nerves, blood vessels, skin, or gum.

Once the area on the bone has been prepared and the implant placed, we will on occasion add growth proteins to the bone to ensure a faster healing process, and position your temporary restoration, which will be worn while you undergo the healing process. It will take several months for the titanium dental implants in your jaw to fully integrate with your jawbone. Once this process of “osseointegration” is complete, you will return to our office one final time and you will then be cleared to proceed with placement of the final restoration (the implant retained denture). After testing the final restoration to ensure that your bite looks and feels comfortable and aligns with the opposing teeth, your implant retained denture procedure will be complete!

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Implant Retained Dentures
Options & Types

The two main types of implant retained dentures are ball-retained and bar-retained dentures. Ball retained dentures have metal attachments on the dental implants that attach to the denture. The denture attachments are typically shaped like sockets and the implant attachments are ball shaped, although sometimes the shape is reversed. Either way, the two attach in the manner of the ball fitting into the socket. Often times the connection can be described as a trailer hitch type attachment as well.

Bar-retained dentures require a minimum of two and up to five implants placed in the jawbone onto which a metal bar that is designed to fit the curve of your jawbone is attached. Once this bar is in place, the dentures are placed over the bar, and the dentures, implants or both can be clipped together.

Implant Retained Dentures
costs associated

One of the biggest benefits of implant retained dentures compared to other denture options is that they restore functionality and are less expensive than other options because fewer dental implants are necessary. The cost of implant retained dentures will largely depend on how many implants are placed, what type of dental sedation is used, the material used for your implant retained denture, and your dental insurance plan. It is also important to factor in the cost of the initial visit and any follow up appointments that may be necessary.

For patients who are covered under a dental insurance plan, although we are not in-network, we will gladly help prepare and file your claim to ensure you receive your maximum reimbursement. Payment is due in full on the day of treatment. We accept cash, check, Visa, Discover, Mastercard, and American Express. If you are concerned about the cost of receiving treatment, please know that we offer our patients Compassionate Finance, which offers a variety of payment solutions with fixed interest rates and manageable monthly payments and CareCredit®, which offers 24-monty payment plans with zero interest, as well as low-interest financing for 24-60 months.

Dr. Hodges has been practicing periodontics since 2003. His patient treatment philosophy is to provide the most optimal care possible, utilizing the most advanced techniques in a personal and caring environment.

Dr. Sheppard has been practicing periodontics since 2003. Dr. Sheppard takes pride in providing her patients with the highest quality care with a patient-centered philosophy. Dr. Sheppard offers her patients a special type of non-narcotic virtual sedation to ease dental pain and anxiety.

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At Northeast Texas Periodontal Specialists, we are committed to providing you with the periodontal care you need to enjoy good oral health and maintain a smile that you can be confident in. We are also committed to making your experience as comfortable and relaxing as possible. Blankets and pillows are provided in the treatment room, and oral and IV sedation options are available for patients who are anxious or who are scheduled for longer procedures. If you have any additional questions about implant retained dentures and whether they are right for you, please contact our office today. We look forward to hearing from you and providing you with the care you need!

Minimally invasive treatments using advanced technology

We use advanced technology to ensure your treatments get optimal results and are minimally invasive. Our technology and procedures also make your treatment far more comfortable and with faster healing time than with less advanced techniques.
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Advanced 3D imaging makes treatment faster and less invasive

We use high-tech digital X-rays and a 3D cone beam CT scanner to get detailed images of your teeth, gums, and jaw structure. With these images, we precisely plan your implant placement ahead of the appointment for surgery. We can then place your implants quickly and with no or minimal incisions.
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Revolutionary
Non-surgical gum treatment using the Perioscope

We treat most cases of moderate to severe gum disease completely non-surgically by using the Perioscope. The Perioscope is a revolutionary, tiny camera that enables us to see deeply buried plaque and calculus deposits, that before the Perioscope would have required exploratory surgery to see. Using the Perioscope, we thoroughly remove these deposits with our scaling instruments.
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Dental Implants

Dental implant placement is a delicate, precise procedure that requires thorough diagnostics and planning. We use the latest advances in technology to make your implant treatment accurate, efficient, minimally invasive and comfortable.

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PERIODONTICS

There’s been discussion about the connection between heart disease and periodontitis. While research to clarify these connections are still on-going, the potential link between the two makes for a reason why maintaining good oral hygiene is important.

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TECHNOLOGIES

We use advanced technology to ensure your treatments get optimal results and are minimally invasive. Our technology and procedures also make your treatment far more comfortable and with faster healing time than with less advanced techniques.

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