Do you need dentures? When it comes to tooth replacement, modern dentistry offers patients more treatment options than ever before. In addition to offering conventional dentures, our practice provides implant dentures. Implant dentures are custom dentures secured to dental implants, which are embedded into the jawbone for increased stability and security.
What are implant dentures?
Implant dentures are prosthetic teeth that are supported by dental implants. Dental implants are used to stabilize prosthetic teeth beneath the surface of the gums. They are embedded into the jawbone and function like the roots of teeth. Implants will prevent dentures from moving during oral function while keeping bone healthy and stimulated.
What do dental implants look like?
Implants look somewhat like a screw. A dental implant is tapered on one end and features ridges along its post. Implants are made from titanium, which is a metal that won’t be rejected as a foreign object because it is compatible with the body’s structures.
Why are implant dentures beneficial?
Implant dentures offer unique advantages to patients who need prosthetic teeth. While conventional dentures are still widely used, securing prosthetics to dental implants does improve oral function and lend a more natural aesthetic.
Conventional dentures lay on top of the gums where the arch of the jawbone helps keep them in place. Over time, however, people without teeth lose bone mass in the jaw. Bone loss is a common side of effect of tooth loss. As bone deteriorates, dentures can begin to fit uncomfortably. They might also move when eating and speaking.
Securing dentures to implants will keep prosthetic teeth in place and keep the jawbone active. Implants stimulate bone to slow down the process of bone atrophy. Protecting bone health will also help a person maintain a youthful appearance.
Patients with implant dentures enjoy improved oral function because dental implants give them more biting force. Those with implant dentures can eat a variety of foods comfortably.
Today’s custom dentures are made from very lifelike materials to produce beautiful smile restorations. Call Hulen Crossing Family Dental today to reserve a tooth replacement consultation.