March 20, 2021
If you have suffered extensive tooth loss, you might have purchased some traditional dentures. Such prosthetics offer many benefits. They can look quite natural, and they can restore your ability to eat a wide variety of foods. However, they do come with some significant downsides, such as their tendency to slip out of place during eating and speaking. Fortunately, most people are eligible for a better form of tooth replacement: implant dentures. Let’s talk about what they are and how they can change the way you think about your prosthetic teeth.
What Are Implant Dentures?
Dental implants are small posts constructed out of a titanium alloy. They get implanted into the jawbone during a minimally invasive surgery. After they bond with the surrounding tissue, they are able to serve as prosthetic tooth roots. Implant dentures get attached to the dental implants to replace the visible portion of the missing teeth.
How Are Implant Dentures Better?
Implant dentures are superior to traditional dentures in several ways:
Because the dental implants fuse to the surrounding bone, they create an extremely sturdy base for the dentures. Therefore, the dentures stay in place through eating and speaking. They are even able to stand up to a wide variety of foods, including tough foods, such as chewy meats and raw vegetables, that pose a challenge for traditional dentures.
Traditional dentures usually last 5 – 8 years before they need to be replaced. They also need to be relined (adjusted) periodically so they maintain their fit. Across a few decades, repeatedly replacing and relining your dentures can become quite expensive. Implant dentures cost more upfront, but they last for much longer, and their fit doesn’t change. Therefore, they present an excellent monetary value.
If traditional dentures do not fit well, they can cause gum sores and other uncomfortable issues. The stable fit of implant dentures saves your gums from that continual stress.
After tooth loss, the jawbone naturally begins to shrink, which can affect your facial shape and make you look older than you really are. Dentures do nothing to stop the bone deterioration. In fact, there is even research that indicates they can accelerate the bone loss. Dental implants, on the other hand, stimulate the jawbone and help to keep it healthy, strong, and whole.
Get Started with Implant Dentures
Would you like to upgrade to implant dentures? Visiting with a qualified dentist can help you understand whether you qualify for the treatment and what to expect during the journey ahead of you. Hopefully, you will soon be on the road to a sturdier, healthier, and more confident smile.
Meet the Practice
Dr. Cooper Owens is proud to provide start to finish dental implant care for residents of Geneva and the surrounding communities. He and his associate, Dr. Alex Salen, provide personalized, compassionate treatment. To learn more about our practice and how may be able to help you find freedom from the hassles of traditional dentures, contact us at 440-466-4884.
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