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Dentures

Lower Denture Solution

Loose the slip, get the GRIP”

This solution is the most cost effective long term solution to the lower denture that is continually moving, slipping, ulcerating gums, and generally making life and eating difficult.

Two implants are placed in the lower chin area near where the original cuspid/canine teeth were once located. The bone is firm and dense and retains these implants very predictably. Once healed (usually 2-3 months) the denture retentive devices (called locator attachments) are simply ‘screwed tight’ into the implants and the nylon ‘keepers’ are then attached to the lower denture (new or existing if in good condition) which allows the denture to ‘snap’ into place. The nylon keepers come in a variety of strengths or ‘grip’ to allow easy removal to simply clean and rinse around the implants and then securely ‘snapped’ back into place for comfortable and confident chewing.

This procedure is done in the office with either local numbing or intravenous sedation is also available. No one goes without the ability to wear their lower denture immediately after the surgical placement or during the healing phase.

What are Bar-Retained Dentures?

Bar Retained Dental Implant DenturesBar-retained dentures are a type of implant-supported dentures called "overdentures". They are more secure and a better fit than traditional dentures which can slip and wear down your gums.

What can I expect from a dental implant overdenture?

A denture supported by dental implants will be far more stable than a traditional removable denture. Patients will find everyday tasks easier. They will find speaking easier. They will also not be concerned that their denture may fall out or become loose.

Patients report being able to eat foods they have not been able to eat in years, but a word of caution: you may still want to avoid sticky or very hard foods as you can damage the denture with these types of food.

Are there any advantages to dental implant overdentures?

A big advantage to having dental implants support the upper denture is an Indianapolis dentist like Dr. Reese can make your denture much less bulky. A traditional denture covers your entire palate whereas a 'dental implant'-supported denture does not need that extra material for support.

A whole new world has opened up with dental implants for both patient and dentist. The old compromise and limitations are slowly being worn away. We are entering a new world of dentistry and dental implants are leading the way!"

How do I get bar-retained dentures in Indianapolis?

Dr. Reese will have a thin metal bar custom-fabricated for your mouth. This bar will follow the curve of your jaw and is attached to 2-5 dental implants that have been placed directly into your jawbone. Attachments are fitted to the bar, the denture or both. The denture is then designed to fit directly over the bar stabilized by the attachments. The dental implants along with the bar and attachment gives the denture support and stability.

Call 317-882-0228 to see if bar-retained, dental implant overdentures are right for you.

What is the Best Place to Buy Dentures in Indiana?

You may be wondering where is the best place to buy dentures in Indiana? You may have seen a commercial on TV, an ad online, or a local billboard sign advertising same-day dentures.

How can some dentists offer "discounted" dentures?

Self-fitting dentures, which are sometimes offered for “discount” prices, will not fit as well, or be made with lasting materials, or personalized craftsmanship, and generally are harder to get used to as they are bigger. They also may not allow you to chew as well as custom-made dentures.

Who makes the best dentures in Indiana?

Dr. Reese will make sure your dentures feature premium, long-wearing, low-staining teeth and contain a high-impact acrylic denture base. He personally performs the critical alignment and positioning of your teeth to create the smile that is deceptively natural and beautiful.

My career in dentistry has been the culmination of a desire since early childhood. It is the perfect blend of art, science and surgery that fits my aptitudes, thirst for knowledge, and desire to be a fine surgeon and 'artisan.'" –Dr. Ted Reese, DDS, MAGD

How do I get the best dentures in Indiana?

Simply call Dr. Reese's office at 317-882-0228 to setup an appointment. We have patients who visit us from all over the midwest because Dr. Reese is an accomplished, award winning dentist with over 30 years of experience. View his testimonials or online reviews.

The Cost of Dental Implants vs Dentures

According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, nearly 70% of adults aged 35 to 44 years in the US have at least one missing tooth because of an accident, tooth decay, gum disease, or dental fractures. If you have lost one or more teeth, you may feel embarrassed or even self-conscious about your smile. Aside from vanity, missing teeth can also cause other problems, such as discomfort and difficulty while eating or speaking. Fortunately, there are tooth replacement options for instances like these - either through dentures or dental implants. Unfortunately, the cost of dental procedures can sometimes be overwhelming and delay treatment.

The Cost of Dental Implants vs Dentures

There are a lot of differences between dental implants and dentures and one big factor would the cost – no doubt about it. Dentures provide a more affordable, low-cost solution so patients with missing teeth would often think of it as their first and best solution. However, in the long run, dental implants offer more benefits and would be worth your while (and money). Dentists would not give you a ballpark figure up front because costs for surgery vary based on individual needs. For the Indianapolis Dentistry clinic, Dr. Reese will be able to give you a treatment plan, schedule and base your cost from how many implants and how much work your teeth would need to give you the best natural smile back.  The Cost of Dental Implants vs Dentures

The cost of dental implants vs. dentures is based mostly on the procedure and materials used. The dental implant process involves several steps - a patient may need a tooth extraction, a bone graft, a tissue graft, the implant placement, an abutment, and the actual crown, or tooth. This type of procedure usually starts around a couple thousand dollars.

Why You Should Consider Dental Implants

Dentures may be an easy way to replace missing teeth but know that dentures, unlike implants, are not firmly anchored to your gums. It runs the risk of moving around your mouth, irritating your jaw and even causing sores. It also runs the risk of wear and tear so a replacement every few years is needed. When you consider the additional cost of fixatives, cleaning solutions and denture replacement, as well as the disadvantages of slippage, discomfort and even pain, it is clear that dental implants are the better solution and well worth the additional cost.

Dental implants are securely placed into your jawbone, much like having natural teeth. It preserves your jawbone from having recessions and drifting of teeth to happen too – gum and bone deterioriation, jawbone recession and facial collapse are prevented.

If you are looking for an answer to tooth loss and have been considering dentures, take a closer look at dental implants. They offer superior cosmetic enhancement and a more natural and long-lasting solution that will allow you to eat and talk with confidence and ease.

We would like to lift this quote from a previous blog post again:

 “Your teeth, like your fingerprints, are unique – no one else’s are the same as yours. Many options exist to replace missing teeth but only one – dental implants – can provide the feel, function and appearance of natural teeth.”

Choose a Qualified and Excellent Implant Dentist

Dr. Reese would be happy to discuss different options of using dental implants. He has been doing dental implant procedures for years. You can browse his work on dental implants in this gallery. If you want to discuss missing tooth replacement options or have been told that you are not a candidate for implants, you can contact his office for a second opinion or call 317-882-0228 to schedule an appointment. Dr. Reese is uniquely qualified to not only place the implants, but to meet your needs to plan your treatment to fit into your budget and expectations!

Best Tooth Replacement Options

There are several tooth replacement options for lost, removed or congenitally missing teeth. You may opt for the traditional dentures and bridges or choose the modern technique of installing dental implants.

Importance of Tooth Replacement

Best Tooth Replacement Options
Best Tooth Replacement Options

Many people fail to see the importance of replacing lost teeth.   

  • While most people would be self-conscious if tooth loss is evident, they wouldn’t consider it important to have it replaced if not for aesthetic purposes.
  • People smile better when they have nice teeth. That’s a fact. Missing teeth or gaps between their teeth would affect their self-esteem and confidence. A simple tooth replacement can fix that.

More than aesthetic purposes, tooth loss changes not only the bone and gum but also neighboring teeth.

  • Bone Loss - When a tooth is removed, the bone that supports the teeth shrinks over time. Resorption happens, creating a depressed cavity. This leads to another problem.
  • Drifting - When there are gaps or space between teeth, neighboring teeth tend to “drift” into the empty space. If resorption has already happened, not only will teeth “drift” into the space, they have the tendency to lean towards it, affecting one’s bite and jaw alignment. The opposing tooth in the jaw will also go down into that empty space (super erupt).

When all these happen, teeth and gums are predisposed to decay, gum disease and even affect one’s bite (occlusion). These would all affect your face and smile.

Tooth Replacement Options

Bridges

A bridge is a restoration made to space in between teeth. Fixed bridges are bonded or cemented into place. Only your dentist can remove it.  Adjacent teeth between spaces are prepared to attach the bridge.

Advantages: It looks, feels and functions like natural teeth and costs less than implants.

Disadvantages: Adjacent teeth are affected since they are “thinned” to be able to attach the bridge. Cleaning also requires extra effort.  Special flossing is needed to keep the bridge and the surrounding tissue healthy.

Dentures

Dentures are easily taken out of the month. Replacement teeth are fixed to a base that matches the color of your gums. There are full or complete and partial dentures.

The key in wearing dentures is having a perfect fit.  Dr. Reese makes sure that he personally creates a custom-fit denture that will not only look natural but FEEL natural too. He has the belief that no one has to know you’re wearing dentures. He has trained extensively and has garnered more than 25 years of experience to arrange teeth in a manner that mimics your natural teeth.

Advantages: They are easier to repair and less expensive than bridges or implants.

Disadvantages: Since fit is crucial, dentures need to be replaced from time to time as one’s bone density and bite changes as one gets older. They can also break or be lost since they shouldn't stay inside your mouth for 24 hours straight. Cleaning them in a solution overnight and brushing afterwards is recommended.

Dental Implants

Installing dental implants is considered the newest tooth replacement option in the field of dentistry. Implants are titanium posts that are place in the upper or lower jaw to serve as an anchor for replacement teeth. Titanium is a strong and lightweight metal accepted by the body. It is also used in hip replacement and bone fracture surgeries.

Advantages: Dental implants are the most similar to natural teeth. They also help prevent shrinkage of bone from tooth loss. Adjacent teeth do not need to be involved in the procedure unlike bridges. And unlike dentures, implants last for many years.

Disadvantages: Implants cost more than other treatment options. Since surgery is required, it is not for everyone.  Patients should be in good health. They should either have adequate jawbone to support an implant or be qualified to have surgery to build the area for implant. Patients with chronic illnesses like diabetes and leukemia, are not good candidates. Smoking will also delay healing.

Know Your Options. Talk to Dr. Reese

Dr. Reese has been doing restorative and surgical dental work for over 25 years. He regularly trains and studies new and improved techniques, being an accredited Fellow of American Academy of Implant Dentistry.

He will be able to assess your dental situation and recommend the best tooth replacement option for you. His clinic, the Indianapolis Dentistry, is located just north of Greenwood, Indiana in Southport, just five minutes south of I-465 on US 31 between I-65 and Highway 37. Call 317-882-0228 for directions or use this map.

Same Day Dentures

Sometimes known as temporary dentures, same day dentures are also called immediate dentures. They are prepared and created before the patient’s natural teeth are removed.  After extraction, a pre-fabricated denture is inserted in the original tooth socket. Same day dentures are based on the impression taken by your dentist before tooth removal. Teeth replacement often takes time, especially if teeth problems are extensive. Patients would need to go back several times to be able to complete a procedure. It takes time to get dentures and implants ready. This is where same day dentures come to the rescue – you can go out of the dental clinic wearing new teeth! Getting immediate dentures after extraction is such great news for patients, especially those who have obvious teeth gaps or missing teeth.

Advantages of Wearing Same Day Dentures

Same Day Dentures
Same Day Dentures
  • The biggest advantage of same day dentures is speed you can get them. You are able to wear them right after tooth extraction! Not all people would want to other people to know they have dentures. This type of dentures will help them continue with their normal daily activities.
  • It acts like a bandage reducing bleeding after tooth extraction. It holds and protects tissues together after extraction, promoting faster healing.
  • If you still need to have teeth extractions while waiting for dentures or implants to get completed, same day dentures are a great and worthwhile investment. You can have a full set of teeth even after extraction!

Dentists and dental services will always strive to help you keep your teeth for life. Unfortunately, even with good care, you might eventually need to replace some of your teeth, and for you that might mean dentures. Tooth loss can have physical and emotional impacts. You might feel less confident about yourself and feel self-conscious especially when eating, smiling or talking.

Dentures vs Dental Implants

Fortunately, there are ways to help you gain that confidence back. Technology advancements give people options between getting dental implants or dentures, depending on the need, recommendation of the dentist and personal preference. Read more about find your best tooth replacement options.

If you have gaps on your teeth, getting dental implants might be a better option because your dentist doesn’t need to drill adjacent teeth for bridges.  Dentures are commonly applied and recommended to older people, but Dr. Reese may have more options for you.

Teeth Replacement Options by Dr. Reese

A common misconception is that once you wear dentures, you can wear them for a lifetime already. As a person ages, gums and bones along the jaw will also change, they usually shrink. The fit of one’s dentures will no longer be a perfect fit and this is where you need to have it replaced.

Regardless of the tooth replacement method you will undergo, Indianapolis dentist Dr. Ted Reese, an accredited Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and fellow and former president of the Midwest Implant Institute, will make sure that your teeth will look as natural as possible to bring your confident smile back.

His dental and oral surgery center, Indianapolis Dentistry, is located just north of Greenwood, Indiana in Indianapolis, five minutes south of I-465 on US 31 between I-65 and Highway 37. Call 317-882-0228 for directions or operating hours.

Dentures Pros and Cons

Considering Dentures for the First Time? Most people don't set out to get dentures, but due to genetics, poor hygiene, or various life experiences some people find themselves exploring dentures as one of their dental treatment options. While each person's dental health varies, the choices for missing teeth or tooth decay range from crowns to bridges to dentures to dental implants. Each type of treatment has it's own set of pros and cons, but this article focuses on the pros and cons of dentures:

Indianapolis DenturesPros:

  • Increased ability to chew and eat
  • Less expensive than implants
  • Immediate improvement in appearance

Cons:

  • Teeth may have to be pulled
  • May experience bone loss
  • Less permanent than implants
  • May experience gagging reaction
  • Can slip out while coughing or eating
  • May cause gum irritation or sores
  • Requires regular maintenance and cleaning

While the decision on whether or not to get dentures, crowns, or implants is important, of equal importance is your choice in dentist. Your dentist can not only help you make a well-thought out and careful decision, but also instill confidence in your decision all while showing compassion and comfort throughout the entire process. Look for someone who has many years of experience, someone who can show you before and after pictures of previous work, and get a good feel for their bedside manner. You must feel comfortable with the dentist and their staff in order to feel comfortable with your decision. Look for a caring and competent staff, one that reflects the dentist and his or her experience.

3 Tooth Replacement Options

Dental Implants vs Bridges vs Dentures: Which Tooth Replacement Option is Best? Looking our best and feeling great are important to us all, which is why it is wise to maintain a healthy and attractive smile throughout your life. However, sometimes things happen and we face the issue of missing teeth. The loss of a tooth in the back of your mouth can make your mouth sink and cause your face to look older. All of your teeth work together to help you chew, speak and smile. When teeth are missing, it's difficult to do these things that many take for granted. Choosing the correct tooth replacement treatment is very important.

If you're missing teeth and are wondering about what can be done about it, here are 3 tooth replacement options:3 Tooth Replacement Options

1. Dental Implants: Implants look and feel like normal teeth. They are composed of a metal post inserted beneath your gum and fused to the bone in your jaw where a replacement tooth "crown" is mounted on the implant. Dental implants are considered permanent and are made to blend in with the way your original teeth look and feel.

2. Fixed Bridges: sometimes called "permanent dentures", fixed bridges are a type of restoration that replaces or spans the space where one or more teeth have been lost. A fixed partial denture is bonded or cemented into the teeth around it and only a dentist can remove it. Unlike dental implants, bridges require special care.

3. Removable Partial Dentures: sometimes called a "removable bridge", partial dentures can be taken out of the mouth for cleaning. Although removable partial dentures are generally less expensive, fixed bridges or dental implants may feel more stable and comfortable. Ask Dr. Reese which dental treatment is best for you.

Now that you've reviewed your tooth replacement options call 317-882-0228 to schedule an appointment so we can meet to evaluate which option is best for you.

Implants vs. Dentures: Finding Your Best Tooth Replacement Option

Are you feeling self conscious about tooth loss? While we all hope to maintain a healthy and attractive smile throughout our lifetime, sometimes this is just not feasible.

Not only is tooth loss an aesthetical nightmare, but it can also expedite undesired dental and social problems. All your teeth are essential to chewing, speaking, and smiling. When any of your teeth are missing, these seemingly normal activities can be incredibly difficult and overwhelming.

Here are some tooth replacement options to consider in order to get your smile back in tip-top shape:

Implants

Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth! Dr. Reese will “implant” a metal post beneath your gum and fuse it to your jaw bone. Then the replacement tooth will be mounted on the implant.

Indianapolis Dentistry makes implants a breeze with the following services:

  • Same day removal of nonrestorable teeth, with surgical placement of the implant and ‘temporization’ of an acrylic tooth to eliminate gaps in your smile.
  • Same day mini implant placement and denture retention to secure your existing dentures.
  • In-office, intravenous (IV) sedation in our own surgery suites to avoid hospital costs, yet allow you to safely sleep through the surgical procedures.
  • Bone grafting to replace the missing jaw bone required for implant placement after years of tooth loss.
  • Gum grafting to replace the shrunken gum tissue negatively affecting smile results in front tooth replacement.
  • Sinus bone grafting to provide the required jaw bone for implant placement in the upper jaw.
  • Some implants can be placed without the need for incisions or sutures, which reduces any post surgical swelling or tenderness!

If you’ve been told you’re not a candidate for implants, contact our office for a second opinion. We’ve been able to help many patients, that were previously told they couldn’t be helped. We’d also be happy to offer you a second opinion and treatment plan to assist you in your decision making.

Bonded Bridges

This type of bridge or denture spans where one or more teeth have been lost. It is bonded or cemented into place. A bonded bridge will keep teeth from drifting into spaces created from a missing tooth and helps preserve normal functionality and bite for the jaw (TMJ) joint. It is usually anchored to the teeth on either sides of the space, which gives the bridge strong support. Brushing a bridge is no different than brushing natural teeth, but special flossing is required to keep the bridge and surrounding tissue healthy.

Custom Full or Partial Removable Dentures

Dr. Reese enjoys creating a deceptively natural and becoming smile that is unique to each of his many denture patients. Unlike many dentists or clinics that consider themselves ‘denture specialists’, Dr. Reese will personally create the smile and fit that is crucial to ensure the outcome is a success for the patient, and also meets his standard of care.

The benefit of removable dentures is that they can been taken out of your mouth for cleaning and are generally less expensive than the above options. However, both implants and partial bridges are likely to feel more stable and comfortable.

Don't forget - all dentures are not created equal. If you look for the lowest price, you’ll get what you pay for. Self-fitting dentures, which are sometimes offered for “discount” prices, will not fit as well, or be made with lasting materials, or personalized craftsmanship, and generally are harder to get use to the feel as they are bigger, and don’t work (chew!) as well as custom made dentures. Dr. Reese will make sure your dentures feature premium long-wearing, low-staining teeth and high impact acrylic denture base. He personally performs the critical alignment and positioning of your teeth to create the smile that is deceptively natural and beautiful.

No one has to know you’re wearing dentures. No one wants a denture that looks like a “denture.” Unlike old-fashioned dentures, which may look unnatural, today’s denture can be made just for you, allowing you to look and feel better without anyone knowing why. Dr. Reese has extensive experience and knowledge to select and arrange teeth in a manner that creates the warm, natural smile you seek. Dentures help you to lose that sunken look in your lower face, as well as the wrinkles around your mouth. You’ll likely look younger and smile more often.

REMEMBER, at Indianapolis Dentistry, we do it ALL in-office! Dr. Ted Reese utilizes holistic (whole-body) dentistry techniques in order to offer Indianapolis premier implant and denture treatment, in-house, at his dental surgery center just north of Greenwood, Indiana.

Call or visit our website for fast and easy appointment scheduling and ask about our consultation and insurance options!

About the Dental Implant Process

How long does it take to get a dental implant? Many patients ask us how long a dental implant process will take. While it varies by each patient, there are some time ranges you can keep in mind. While the actual implant placement typically takes less than one half hour, more time is needed if a ‘provisional’ crown must be custom made to replace the missing tooth, or if more implants or grafting is needed. For example, when a bone graft is needed, an additional 2 to 6 months may be necessary to allow the bone to heal completely before the implant can be placed. However, some dental implants can be placed without the need for incisions or sutures, which reduces any post surgical swelling or tenderness.

Dental implant procedures that can be done in one visit in our dental surgery center:

  • Removal of non-restorable tooth/teeth and the surgical placement of the implant(s) and ‘temporization’ of an acrylic tooth to eliminate temporary gaps in your smile
  • Same-day mini implant placement and denture retention to secure your existing dentures
  • In-office, intravenous (IV) sedation so you can safely sleep through your procedure

Dental implant procedures that add to the total length of the dental implant process:

  • Bone grafting to replace the missing jaw bone required for implant placement after years of tooth loss
  • Gum grafting to replace the shrunken gum tissue negatively affecting smile results in front tooth replacement
  • Sinus bone grafting to provide the required jaw bone for implant placement in the upper jaw

About Dr. Reese

Dr. Reese has been providing the surgical and restorative phases of Implant Dentistry for over 25 years. He is an accredited Fellow American Academy of Implant Dentistry, which required extensive training and testing of his expertise in a field that is contuing to provide new and improved techniques to the benefit of patients seeking alternatives to dentures via permanent tooth replacement.

Example Dental Implant Procedure Before and After

Dental Implants - Before Dental Implants - After

Dentures vs. Dental Implants

A common question asked around our office is what is the difference between dentures and dental implants? Typically, when a patient is missing teeth, they purchase dentures simply due to the fact that they don't know they have another option. Dental implants work in the same fashion as dentures in that they replace missing teeth and gaps in the mouth. However, unlike dentures, which replace the entire set of teeth, implants individually replace one tooth at a time.

Typically for our more phobic patients, we would suggest dentures. This method does not require a surgery and in turn is cheaper than implants. However, unlike the dental implants the dentures are not firmly anchored into the gums and are notorious for moving around in the mouth; this can cause irritation and soreness.

Dental implants are the other solution we offer to replace broken or missing teeth. The digitally produced photo on the right depicts how implants work. This decision does require a surgery to place the implants in the gums and is more costly than dentures. However, implants are more reliable and do not require as  much care and thought as dentures typically do.

Full Set of DenturesAny questions regarding dentures and dental implants and what the best choice for you is can be directed to the office by calling 317-882-0228.