Perhaps you’ve been wearing dentures for many years. Maybe you’re about to be a new denture wearer. Either way, you may want to consider implant retained dentures. Standard dentures rest on top of your gums and are held in place by muscle tone, suction and dental adhesive in some cases. Implant retained dentures, on the other hand, are anchored by dental implants. So while ordinary dentures are a good tooth replacement option, implant retained dentures from our dentists at Smile Fitness Dental Center are an even better choice.
Let’s take a look at what happens when there is tooth loss. Obviously, there is a gap in your smile. But in addition to that, there are consequences that are not so easy to see. For example, missing teeth can make eating and speaking more difficult. Many people with tooth loss avoid certain foods—fresh fruits and vegetables, for instance—because they are just too difficult to chew. Thus, maintaining a healthy diet becomes a challenge. Others may avoid social engagements because they are embarrassed by their missing teeth.
You can begin to notice a change in the shape of their face. When teeth are missing, the roots that had stimulated a healthy jawbone are no longer there. Consequently, bone begins to degenerate and the facial structure suffers and sags. While traditional dentures can do a lot to restore the natural appearance of your face, they ultimately cannot reignite healthy new bone growth.
However, implant retained dentures can do just that. The implant that is surgically placed in your jaw to secure your dentures helps you avoid bone degeneration and the unattractive consequences. This implant mimics your natural tooth root, bonding with surrounding bone tissue to create a solid foundation that holds your dentures in place. Furthermore, the post stimulates the bone to constantly renew and generate healthy tissue.
Whether you have existing dentures or are being fitted for a brand new set of dentures, either can be made to attach to implants. For implant retained dentures, our dental lab may create a metal undercarriage for your dentures. This undercarriage securely attaches to the top of your implants similarly to a snap. Once in place, you don’t have to worry about slipping or clicking dentures and the risk of jawbone degeneration is eliminated by the implants.
Any of the dentists at Smile Fitness Dental Center would be glad to further explain the advantages and workings of implant retained dentures. Call our office today!