Tooth Loss and Replacement with Implant-Supported Dentures
Smiles are often the first thing people notice when meeting a person for the first time. That’s why losing teeth can be disheartening and present challenges for dental function as well. Implant-supported dentures restore the performance of your smile, bringing back the confidence created by a healthy set of teeth.
What Leads to Tooth Loss?
As we age, we become more susceptible to losing teeth. Failing to brush and floss regularly directly correlates with periodontal disease and tooth decay -- conditions that often lead to receding gums and tooth loss.
Edentulous patients (those lacking all natural teeth in an arch) suffer from losing an important part of their character, their smile. According to the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP), more than 35 million Americans suffer from complete edentulism. Among the geriatric population, one out of two people are toothless. Furthermore, 90 percent of those who suffer from edentulism have received dentures. Adding implants to your denture treatment is a great option for patients looking for a procedure that permanently restores their smile.
Implant-Supported Dentures vs. Traditional Dentures
Dentures restore a sense of having a full smile, improving chewing function and aesthetics to a degree. However, implant-supported dentures offer support that traditional, removable dentures cannot.
Imagine eating at a restaurant with friends or family, only to find your dentures loose, slipping, and uncomfortable – preventing you from speaking fluidly or enjoying your meal.
Implant-supported dentures securely fit on surgical implants placed in the upper and/or lower jaw arches, effectively preventing them from moving out of place. Once embedded, the implants anchor the dentures, stabilizing your teeth when performing everyday tasks such as eating and speaking. Implant-supported dentures work similarly to traditional dentures, in that they can be removed to be cleaned, but the benefits they offer in terms of comfort and function are outstanding.
Prior to the implantation procedure, a dentist or oral surgeon will perform any necessary procedures, such as bone grafting, sinus lifts, or ridge augmentation, to prepare the patient to receive implant-supported dentures. While this does involve more treatment than traditional dentures, the result is a full set of brand-new teeth that feel and act like your own.
I Have No Teeth, What Should I Do?
Patients suffering from total should contact our dental office to find out whether they are a candidate for fixed denture with implants. Tooth loss doesn’t have to cause suffering in edentulous patients. Implant-supported dentures directly address the problem of missing teeth by providing a full set of stable, functional, and beautiful teeth.
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