Not everything was better back in the “good old days.” Take dentures, for instance. Dentures have been around for generations and have certainly improved the lives of countless people who have lost many or all of their teeth.
However, traditional false teeth are not the best option for tooth replacement. Traditional dentures can impede many critical oral functions: chewing, tasting, swallowing, talking, and smiling.
You may know denture wearers who have stopped attending social activities because they are embarrassed by dentures that are far from inconspicuous. Some have even stopped eating their favorite foods because their dentures diminish their capacity to taste and/or chew.
Good News… Dentures Have Evolved!
Implant-anchored or implant-supported dentures are far superior than conventional dentures for many patients. So much better, in fact, that there really should be another term for this revolutionary tooth replacement system – a term that doesn’t include the word “denture.”
There are two types of implant anchored dentures; removable and permanent. No adhesive is required for either system. With the permanent type, screw retentions are anchored in the jaw to serve as attachment points for the denture. Permanent implant-supported dentures are very stable. Moreover, they are usually less pricey than replacing each missing tooth with an implant. (The cost varies depending on the number of implants necessary and other factors.)
Screw retentions require enough bone thickness to allow the implant to securely mesh with the existing bone. Unfortunately, some patients who have been missing teeth for a long period of time have experienced bone recession. For patients who lack the required amount of bone, mini-implants may be an alternative.
Removable implant anchored dentures have a locator attachment which allows the wearer to snap the appliance in place. Some patients prefer this type because they can remove them at night for cleaning. Many patients who have traded in their traditional dentures report that their implant anchored dentures have greatly improved their life.
The wonderful benefits of implant-supported dentures include:
- Increased comfort
- Natural appearance
- Normal tooth function
- Improved durability
- Better bone retention
- Denture relines not required
- Minimal gum irritation
- No denture adhesive needed
For more details about dental implants, call us to schedule a consultation.
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