Conventional dentures leave much to be desired for many patients. The appliances can be uncomfortable and ill-fitting, failing to match up to the natural teeth they’re intended to replace.
Now patients can get affordable dentures that are more stable and reliable. Dentures supported by dental implants offer a major improvement over standard dentures.
With this treatment option, an oral surgeon will place a number of dental implants into the jaw. Those implants, in turn, will hold an upper or lower denture (or both) in place.
Dental implants give patients a number of advantages. They preserve the form of roots of the missing teeth. Although you can’t see the teeth’s roots, they play an important role in the smile’s appearance and the teeth’s abilities to do their job. [pullquote]Dental implants give patients a number of advantages.[/pullquote]
In the absence of teeth’s roots, the jawbone begins to erode. When all of the teeth are missing, this can lead to the shrunken appearance that seems to add years to a person’s age.
Unfortunately, bone loss is one potential problem for denture wearers who are considering an upgrade to dental implants. If the patient has insufficient bone, the dental implant will not be able to osseointegrate, or fuse with the bone.
Even long-term denture wearers who have already experienced fairly extensive bone loss may still be eligible for dental implants, though. A small number of implants can be strategically placed to anchor the prosthetic arch. Alternatively, patients can undergo a bone graft to provide supplemental bone material prior to implant placement.
Dental implant patients also gain from the increased stability of their dentures. The dentures are secure and they’ll stay put when you need them to. They also preserve more chewing function, allowing for a more diverse diet than standard denture wearers enjoy.
Implant-supported dentures are an excellent option for edentulous patients. The replacement teeth will look and work better than standard dentures, and our network of Dallas oral surgeons at EverSmile can give you guidance on whether this treatment is appropriate for your unique situation.