Tooth loss is a rather common concern that American adults have to face; at any given time, 40 million of us are struggling with missing all of our teeth. Having missing teeth is a problem that goes beyond just the cosmetic. Missing teeth can cause a wide variety of problems ranging from pain and discomfort when you bite and chew to bone loss in your jaw.
People can lose their teeth for many different reasons, but no matter why you are suffering from tooth loss, it is understandable to want to have an attractive smile. We here at Beautiful Smiles believe that many of our patients could benefit from implant-supported dentures, giving them a long-lasting and reliable restoration option for their missing teeth.
What is an Implant-Supported Denture and How Does it Help?
Many people are choosing to explore other types of treatment options when they lose a tooth. In the past, patients had very few options they could turn to after they suffered from tooth loss. They could get a complete or partial denture, or if they had lost just one or two teeth, they might have considered a fixed dental bridge.
Today, patients have more choices than ever. Implant-supported dentures are one of these choices, giving our patients a chance at having a complete and happy smile without the invasive surgeries that may accompany traditional dental implants.
An implant-supported denture is a unique approach to restoring missing teeth and combines the best features of implants and dentures. It consists of placing four titanium posts surgically into the jawbone. We use titanium because the body does not reject this metal, and build up around it in a process known as osseointegration. This helps keep the titanium posts sturdy and strong in your mouth. We then place the denture directly onto these four posts, giving you a natural-looking and attractive set of teeth.
Benefits of Implant-Supported Dentures
There are many advantages to choosing to get an implant-supported denture. Not only do they look and feel like your own, real teeth, they also are more secure than dentures. This means that you will not have to shy away from your favorite foods, as you will have a good bite force with them. You can also keep them clean just like you would take care of real teeth, making their maintenance quite easy. You also will not have to worry about social faux pas that could occur with a traditional denture, as your implant-supported denture is not at risk of accidentally popping out of your mouth in a social situation.
Not only do they improve your confidence, but they are also an excellent option for patients who may not be a candidate for a traditional dental implant. Traditional dental implants require adequate bone mass in the jaw, but implant-supported dentures require less jaw mass. A patient can get an implant-supported denture on the same day as an extraction, as well. They do not need to wait for the site to heal. Furthermore, unlike traditional implants which may require up to a year before they can be finished, an implant-supported denture can be completed in just one appointment.
If you are interested in learning more about implant-supported dentures, or you are ready to set up an appointment with us here at Beautiful Smiles, please give us a call today at (530) 206-9211.
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