July 31, 2018
Tooth loss can have a serious impact on the way you feel about your smile — especially if you are missing many or all of your teeth. Unfortunately, patients who choose a traditional denture to fill those gaps may never achieve a proper fit and can end up feeling frustrated and stressed out most of the time. There is a sturdy alternative, though — and it’s with implant-supported dentures. Keep reading to learn more about this option, including how it works and whether it might be right for you.
What Are Implant Dentures?
An implant denture is a set of prosthetic teeth that is held in place using dental implant posts, which are surgically placed beneath the gum line. These dental implants act as prosthetic tooth roots for the denture that is affixed on top. Posts made of titanium promote the growth of bone tissue, allowing them to actually fuse together with the jaw. Implant dentures can be used for partial or complete tooth replacement.
Implant Dentures vs. Traditional Dentures
There are a number of differences between implant dentures and the traditional method. Most significantly, an implant dentures is secured on sturdy implant posts, while a traditional denture rests on the gums and is held in place using natural suction, with brackets affixed to the remaining natural teeth, and/or with the help of a denture cream as needed. An implant denture can be fixed or removable, depending on your preference and oral health needs.
Due to the whole-tooth replacement method of an implant denture, this option offers a number of benefits compared to a traditional denture. Some of the most considerable advantages include the following:
- Dental implants stabilize the jaw bone to prevent the loss of additional teeth.
- Jaw and gum health are preserved with dental implants.
- An implant denture looks more natural than the traditional type.
- Sturdy implant dentures promote a balanced, nutritious diet.
- Speech is often easier and clearer with an implant denture.
- The risk of infection from oral sores caused by a poor fit is eliminated with an implant denture.
- An implant denture will last far longer than a conventional one, as the jaw bone is preserved and will not lose its shape.
- Permanent dentures do not require tricky maintenance steps.
Are Implant Dentures Right for Your Smile?
Many adults are eligible candidates for an implant denture. The only way to find out for sure whether or not you are, too, is to schedule an appointment with your implant dentist. In general, if your tooth loss is recent and you are in good oral and overall health, you are likely eligible for this option. Don’t hesitate to find out more! Implant dentures benefit so much — and can improve your very quality of life.
Meet the Dentist
Dr. Julie Valentine is a trusted general dentist who has been practicing in Beverly Hills, CA for over 25 years. She offers innovative dental solutions in preventive, restorative, and cosmetic services from a state-of-the-art office. To learn more about implant dentures or to book an appointment with Dr. Valentine, please do not hesitate to contact her by phone at 310-551-2955.
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