Make no mistake about it - if you are missing one or more of your natural teeth, you should seek treatment of some sort as soon as possible. Any trusted restorative dentistry treatment that can be used to replace missing teeth is better than leaving a gap in your smile. However, there are certain methods of replacing missing teeth that offer a greater range of benefits than others. When it comes to replacing all of the teeth on the upper arch, the lower arch, or both the upper and lower arches, no method can match implant-supported dentures.
In discussing the issue of traditional restorations vs. implant-supported dentures during consultations at our Fort Worth, TX cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry practice, our dentists explain each option to patients in detail. They want patients to have all of the information they need to make educated, confident decisions about how to proceed with treatment. While implant-supported dentures may represent the best available method of replacing missing teeth, there are many other factors that could influence a patient’s decision, including whether he or she might have to undergo a bone grafting procedure in order to become a good candidate for dental implant surgery.
Are implant-supported dentures the right choice for you? Or would you be better served by more traditional dental restorations? To find out, we encourage you to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Clark Damon or Dr. Kari Blankenship at Texas Dental Center today.
Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically embedded in the jaw, where they act as artificial tooth roots for dental restorations. Technology has advanced to the point where, with careful planning, our dentists can now attach full-arch dentures to just four dental implants in either the upper or lower jaw. By placing the anterior implants at an angle to maximize bone-to-implant ratio, patients who previously lacked sufficient jawbone density to support dental implants may now be considered good candidates for the procedure.
Because the human body does not recognize titanium as a foreign substance, dental implants actually fuse together with the jaw bone, essentially becoming part of the patient’s natural anatomy. As a result, the dentures attached to the implants are anchored with unrivaled stability and security in the mouth.
Conversely, traditional dentures tend to slip and shift, unfortunately at the most inopportune times. They can make speaking difficult and eating certain foods impossible. With implant-supported dentures, however, patients are able to bite, chew, speak, and smile with renewed ease and confidence.
Also unlike traditional dentures, which have to be cleaned using special solvents, implant-supported dentures can be brushed, flossed, and otherwise cared for just like natural teeth. With proper care, the dentures should last for a decade or longer, while the implants should last for 40 years or more.
To learn more about traditional restorations vs. implant-supported dentures, please contact Texas Dental Center today.