Do you wear dentures? If so you probably have at least a few complaints about them. You can confide in us – At Northwest Dental Group we’re familiar with a whole bunch of problems that dentures present. But don’t simply give up and assume you have to surrender to a life of misery. You have other options.
One of the best ways to bring new life to your dentures without having to break the bank is with dental implant support. Using a series of implants we can stabilize your dentures in a way you never thought possible. In many cases you won’t even need a new set of teeth!
What Are Implant Supported Dentures?
Let’s first talk about what exactly a dental implant is. Made of titanium, implants are small screws that are about the same size as the root of a natural tooth. Weh place implants into your jaw, where they fuse to your bone and provide the same kind of stability and reliability that you’d get from the natural teeth you lost.
Titanium is the metal of choice because of how it fuses to the bone. Called osseointegration, the process is remarkable for how strong of a bond it builds. Once your implants are healed we can restore them with one of two systems that give amazing support to dentures.
- Implant retained dentures use a ball-and-socket system to stabilize your teeth. Your implants are topped with metal balls that match up to sockets in your dentures. You pop them in place, and there they’ll stay until you take them out in the evening.
- Implant supported dentures hold your dentures in place using a metal bar and clasps. Your implants are attached to a small metal bar that runs between all of them, and your dentures are modified with a series of clasps that clip to the bar.
Both systems give you an amazing amount of support, allowing you to live life without constantly worrying about your teeth. Imagine never having to stop and wonder if a sneeze will send your teeth flying – that’s the reliability that implant retention and support provides!
Why Choose Implant Support/Retention?
Think about the common problems you have with your dentures, and then think about what would eliminate them: stability. We can use implants to fix a number of denture complaints, like the following.
- Dietary restrictions that keep you from eating your favorite foods will no longer be an issue. There will still be certain foods that are difficult to eat, but implant support can have you eating things that you never thought you’d be able to enjoy again.
- Proper nutrition that you’re lacking due to dentures won’t be a problem either. Malnutrition is actually the number one reason that dentures patients have a shorter life expectancy, and all it takes is a few simple implants to fix it!
- Tired of not tasting your food? Covering your palate with plastic is required to keep dentures in place, but once you start supporting them with implants we can get rid of that palate piece completely. You’ll finally be able to enjoy eating again!
- Gum irritation caused by dentures is eliminated by implants. When you’re wearing dentures all the force of chewing that would normally go to the bone is forced onto your gums, which simply can’t handle it! Implants act just like teeth by disbursing the force into your bone – no more gum pain!
- Unreliability is one of the most common complaints we hear. Dentures fall out when you laugh, slip when you chew, and can even make it difficult to speak. Implant support holds them in place almost as well as natural teeth, finally putting you back in control of your smile.
- Stress due to poor denture behavior is incredibly exhausting. Many denture patients feel depressed and unhappy about their lives because of their dentures, which is something we definitely want to eliminate, and we can with implants! You’ll put your dentures in, take them out, and never have to worry in between.
Let Us Help You Live Better
Life with dental implants isn’t just easier – it’s just plain better. Your golden years should be yours to enjoy, and it’s hard to do that when you’re constantly dealing with dentures. We want to help, so don’t hesitate to contact our Rochester office to schedule an implant consultation today!