March 14, 2021
When you were living with missing teeth, you were eager to regain at least a portion of your original functionality. There is no denying the fact that traditional dentures have served that purpose for you. However, they’ve left much to be desired. Now they’re starting to slip, and you’re worried about them falling out your mouth. You’ve heard about the possibility of upgrading to implant-retained dentures, but does this addition really make a worthwhile difference? Continue reading to find out!
Implant-Retained Dentures Explained
Whereas traditional dentures only replace teeth above the gum line, implant-retained dentures offer much more. By attaching to the jawbone, they mimic the security and sturdiness of the original tooth root. The procedure involves a minor surgery where a dentist will insert four to six titanium implants per arch. Strategically spaced and angled, the titanium implants only require a minimally invasive procedure to be placed, and they allow a set of dentures (also referred to as overdentures) to securely snap into position.
What Can Dental Implants Do for Dentures?
One of the primary benefits of implant-retained dentures is that you no longer have to worry about any slipping or dislodging. Here are some additional perks:
- A painless experience – By eliminating any slipping, implant-retained dentures allow for a comfortable and natural-feeling experience.
- Heightened functionality – People who choose traditional dentures soon come to the realization that they’ll have limited functionality (around 25% of their natural chewing power). With a set of overdentures, up to 75% of the original capacity is restored.
- An attractive smile – No matter what your age is, you never lose your desire to have a nice-looking smile. Because dental implants attach beneath the gum line, they recreate the look and feel of your original teeth.
- Easy maintenance – You’re already familiar with the cleaning process for traditional dentures – their removal and soaking before retiring for bed. There’s no need for this with implant-retained dentures. Instead, you’ll brush and floss like you normally would. The only exception is that you’ll use floss specifically made for dental implants.
How to Move Forward
By now, the dental implant process may seem quite appealing, but is it right for you? The best way to find out is to visit a local dentist for a thorough examination and discussion of your options. By taking the time to explore your possibilities, you can make an educated decision about how to proceed with restoring your oral health in the best way possible. Therefore, you can enjoy a more fulfilling life!
About the Author
Dr. David Earnest received his dental degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center. Throughout his career, he has maintained the highest standards of care, maintaining membership with the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, the Academy of Osseointegration and other professional organizations. Dr. Earnest replaces missing teeth and upgrades dentures with dental implants at Seguin Dentures & Implants, and he can be reached for more information or to schedule a visit through his website.
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