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Implant-supported Dentures

November 21, 2013 @ 02:28 PM — by rwdds

Implant-supported DenturesWhen you're missing a tooth or multiple teeth, it's very unlikely that your smile will be looking its very best. In fact, most people who are missing teeth tend to be very self-conscious about their appearance. They may be hesitant to laugh, smile, or even speak around their loved ones. On top of that, eating their favorite foods can be much more difficult.

It's because of all these matters that people should meet with a cosmetic dentist in order to have issues with dental appearance addressed. By doing this, patients will be able to have the appearance and the functionality of their smiles restored. One great way to go about this is getting dentures, which we'd like to go over briefly right now.

Who should get dentures?

Dentures are ideal for patients who are missing many teeth in a row. This is an especially good option when all of the teeth are missing from a person's upper or lower dental arch.

There are two kinds of dentures: partial dentures and full dentures. The amount of tooth loss a patient experiences will determine which kind of dentures would be best for them.

About Dental Implants

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically embedded into a person's jawbone and gum tissue. These dental implants provide a great deal of stability that is comparable to natural tooth roots. Since the dental implants are physically secured into the jaw and gum tissue, they prevent problems with bone loss an gum recession that are common when a person is missing multiple teeth.

Why get dental implants to support dentures?

While removable dentures and dentures held in place by dental adhesive creams can be relatively secure, dental implants provide the best possible stability for dental restorations such as dentures. There is extremely low chance of a denture slipping or falling out when a person has their denture supported by dental implants.

Since dental implants prevent bone loss and gum recession, they are also a great option to consider for general oral wellness.

Candidates for Dentures Supported by Dental Implants

The best candidates for implant-supported dentures are patients who have sufficient bone density and gum tissue along their dental arch. If they do not have sufficient hard and soft tissue in place, grafting procedures can be performed in order to improve candidacy for treatment. These patients should be in good overall health and not suffer from health conditions that would make surgery potentially dangerous.

Other Considerations for Those Interested in Dentures

The dental implants process will require a few months since the implants themselves need to fuse with the patient's living tissue. This is known as "osseointegration," and it is common with many other kinds of implant surgeries. There are certain dietary restrictions and recommendations during this healing phase, and patients will need to keep their mouths clean to ensure the best possible treatment process.

Learn More About Implant Supported Dentures

If you would like to learn more about dental implants, dentures, and your many other options out there for improved dental health, be sure to contact our Rockledge, PA dental care center today. Our entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve optimal dental wellness.