If you’ve been wearing dentures for a while now, you don’t need us to tell you how inconvenient they can be at times. They can occasionally slip out when you’re chewing or even just trying to talk to someone, resulting in some embarrassing situations. Not to mention, taking them out to clean them all the time can be a bit of a hassle. Is there any way your dentures can be upgraded so they don’t cause all these problems? Absolutely! By combining dentures with dental implants, your dentist can vastly improve the way your dentures feel and function. Keep reading below to learn more.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a little titanium post meant to replicate the root of a lost tooth. During a surgical procedure, the implant is placed directly into the jawbone. Over the next few months, the post forms a sturdy bond with the bone, making it feel just like the tooth you were born with. Then, the implant is topped with a custom dental crown, bridge, or denture, depending on how many teeth you’re missing.
How Dental Implants Can Upgrade Your Dentures
If you’re missing all of your teeth, you don’t actually have to get a dental implant to replace each and every tooth. Anywhere from four to eight implants per jaw should be plenty to support a full denture. Because the implants toward the back of your mouth are placed at 45-degree angles, this allows most patients to receive them even if they have undergone jawbone deterioration as a result of tooth loss.
Benefits of Implant-Retained Dentures
Some of the numerous advantages that implant-retained dentures offer include:
- Increased support. Traditional dentures rely on natural suction or messy adhesive to stay in place. This can result in unexpected slippage or even popping out. With dental implants, your dentures will be much more secure, allowing you to eat, talk, and smile with complete confidence.
- Healthier jawbone. Without tooth roots to stimulate it, your jawbone eventually shrinks, which can cause the muscles of your face to lose their shape, prematurely aging you. Dental implants act as replacement roots to promote jawbone growth.
- Easy maintenance. Instead of taking them out to clean them each night, you can simply brush and floss implant-retained dentures like you would your natural teeth.
If you’re tired of your old, ill-fitting dentures, it’s possible for them to be upgraded with dental implants. Give your dentist a call to find out whether implant-retained dentures are right for you!
About the Author
Dr. Brian Lee is a 2003 graduate of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. In addition, he is a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and a Master of the American Dental Implant Association, demonstrating his devotion to the placement and restoration of dental implants. He can help patients who are dissatisfied with their dentures upgrade them into a more beneficial solution. To learn more, visit his website.