Many people eventually require some kind of denture as they get older. Teeth can be lost or need to be extracted for a variety of reasons, including damage from injury or tooth decay. While one or two teeth can be replaced with a dental bridge or implant supported crown, more teeth require either a partial or full denture.
Traditionally, dentures have required some kind of adhesive to stay in place reliably. If not, they can slide around while a person is eating or chewing, causing discomfort and embarrassment. Fortunately, now there is a better way. By supporting dentures with dental implants, they remain firmly secured in place, leading to greater facility eating and speaking.
Dental implants essentially replace a lost tooth’s root. They consist of titanium posts placed directly into the jaw bone. Once the bone integrates the implant, any type of restoration can be placed on top. These can range from a single crown to a replacement for every tooth in the mouth. They can also support dentures.
Implant supported dentures are still removable, and in fact should be every day for cleaning as with traditional dentures. The difference is that they snap into place, giving you a strong, confident bite. They better restore the feeling of natural teeth. Some existing dentures can even be retrofitted to utilize dental implants.
If you have or are considering dentures, we invite you to call Midlothian Dental Arts in Midlothian, VA, to see if implant supported dentures are right for you. A consultation with Dr. Jeryl Abbott will clear up any questions you have. But it is possible to have a strong, natural smile again.