Tooth loss is a common problem as we age. In addition to the embarrassment many people endure after tooth loss, the loss of one or several teeth can affect the structure of the jaw bone which supports the face, resulting in changes in facial structure. It can also cause harm to surrounding teeth and lead to difficulty chewing and dependance of a soft-often non-nutritious diet. It is imperative to replace missing teeth as soon as possible.
Traditionally dentures and dental bridges were the only options to fill the gaps in your smile. In the recent years implant dentures have become a much more viable and desirable option. These dentures serve the same tooth-replacement functions as conventional kinds, but are designed to maintain a more secure and stable fit inside a patient’s mouth for increased comfort and utility.
What are implant dentures?
Implant dentures aim to solve the same problem as traditional dentures, fill in gaps where tooth loss has occurred. While traditional dentures rest on top of the gums, implant-retained dentures attach to titanium posts that have been anchored into a patient’s jaw bone. These fixtures act similarly to the roots of real teeth, helping to retain positioning of the dentures and holding them steady during daily activities such as eating, drinking and speaking.
Advantages of denture implants?
Implant dentures have many advantages over traditional dentures. Although they are not a quick fix solution like traditional dentures, implant dentures look natural and don’t have the telltale “clicking” noises and don’t require the daily care of traditional dentures. Implant dentures also don’t rely on neighboring teeth for support, leaving your remaining teeth free from potential damage.
What is the procedure like for implant dentures?
Before implant dentures are placed our dentists will consult with you to make sure implant dentures are the correct solution to your tooth loss. They will take scans and make impressions of your teeth. You may be fitted for a temporary denture leading up to the procedure.
There may be one, or a series of surgeries to place the implants. First the implants must be placed in the jaw bone, the implants are essentially small screws that the dentures will rest on. The dentist will then monitor healing and determine when the full set of dentures may be placed. This process could take several months but once it is finished you will have a set of dentures that feel, look and function just like natural teeth.
Who is a good candidate for denture implants?
Implant dentures are a pretty universal solution for people suffering from tooth loss. However, some exceptions do exist. Patients should have healthy gums and jaw bone to make the recovery and stability of the implant denture the best it can be. Other prior health conditions, such as heart disease or diabetes, may affect the ability to place denture implants safely and effectively. Our dentists will discuss all options with our patients before recommending implant dentures.
For more information on our restorative services, or to schedule an appointment to have your own dental needs assessed, please give our office a call at (336) 292-1990.