No one likes living with an incomplete smile. From impacting your self-esteem to limiting the foods you can eat, missing teeth affects your overall health. At Herman Family Dentistry, our Vincennes, IN implant dentist, Dr. Eric Herman, has the solutions you need to complete your smile.
For patients missing a majority of their teeth, we offer implant-supported dentures. Learn how Dr. Herman can restore your smile with implant-supported dentures and how they’ll benefit your oral health.
While dentures have been the standard restoration option for missing teeth for many years, they come with a unique set of problems:
Implant-supported dentures from Herman Family Dentistry are customized for your mouth and attach securely to dental implants in your jawbone. This provides a stable, slip-free fit for comfortable wear.
The process involves placing four to six dental implants into your jawbone during an initial procedure. We allow three to six months for full healing and integration with the bone. Custom-fitted dentures are then attached to the implants for a seamless fit. The result? A permanent restoration that looks and functions like natural teeth.
As one of the preferred restorative solutions for replacing teeth, patients will experience a variety of benefits when choosing implant-supported dentures, including:
At your initial consultation, Dr. Herman will have an in-depth discussion with you to understand your goals for treatment, go over your medical history, and address any questions you may have. He’ll take x-rays and impressions of your mouth, which we use to create a customized plan based on your anatomy. We want you to feel informed and confident before moving forward with treatment.
During this procedure, Dr. Herman will use advanced technology to precisely place four to six dental implants through small openings in the gums into the jawbone. Integrating with the bone is how the implants provide stability for the dentures. We use local anesthesia to maximize your comfort during the one to two-hour procedure. You won’t feel any pain.
A healing period of three to six months allows time for the jawbone to grow around the implants, thoroughly integrating them. This helps ensure a secure hold. During this period, we provide temporary dentures to protect the surgical sites. We may also recommend a soft food diet while you heal.
Once fully healed, you’ll return for your final appointment. He’ll uncover the implant sites and attach abutments that act as connectors between the implants and dentures. Your custom-designed dentures are then securely fastened onto the implants for a perfect fit. Now you have a permanent restoration and can enjoy your new smile!
Although implant-supported dentures require less maintenance than natural teeth, Dr. Herman recommends visiting our Vincennes office every six months. We will make sure everything is still securely attached and functioning well. We can also give your dentures a thorough cleaning. Ongoing care helps your restoration last longer.
The best candidates for implant-supported dentures typically match the following qualifications:
To determine if you meet the qualifications for implant-supported dentures, schedule a comprehensive exam with Dr. Herman. He’ll be able to fully assess your candidacy after clinically evaluating your oral health and anatomy. We want to ensure this advanced solution is right for your needs and situation. Please call our Vincennes office at (812) 882-1572 to schedule your candidacy assessment.
You must take good care of your restoration. To properly care for your implant-supported dentures, make sure to follow any instructions given by Dr. Herman after your procedure. For a smooth recovery, we suggest following these guidelines:
Once you’ve fully recovered, your implant-supported dentures are easy to care for. You’ll brush and floss them just like your natural teeth, but be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Make sure to visit our Vincennes office once every six months for regular checkups and professional cleanings to keep your oral health in pristine condition.
With proper care, your dentures can last 10 to 15 years or longer before needing to be repaired or replaced. The implants themselves are designed to last a lifetime.
Your dental implants will be permanent, but the dentures may need to be replaced due to wear and tear. Watch for these signs you may need a replacement:
If any of these match what you’re experiencing, contact your implant dentist’s office to schedule an appointment. They will inspect your dentures and determine if they can be fixed or if it’s time for a replacement.
Certain foods should be avoided to protect your restored smile. Although your dentures function like natural teeth, these foods can present issues:
Beverages: Tea, coffee, and red wine can stain your dentures
Most insurance offers coverage for an implant-supported denture procedure. However, we recommend talking to your insurance provider about your coverage details.
At Herman Family Dentistry, we want our patients to feel good about their smiles and maintain excellent oral health. That’s why we offer implant-supported dentures for patients missing a majority of their teeth. Discover how this restorative solution can benefit you by calling our Vincennes office at (812)-882-1572 or you can fill out our online contact form.
Herman Family Dentistry proudly provides implant dentistry services to new and returning patients in the Vincennes area and the surrounding areas like Washington, Bruceville, and Decker, IN.
Dr. Eric Herman
608 South Quail Run Road
Monday: 9AM – 5PM
Tuesday: 9AM – 5PM
Wednesday: 9AM – 5PM
Thursday: 9AM – 5PM
Friday: 9AM – 4PM