There are patients that find traditional removable dentures to be an acceptable solution for missing teeth. However, dentures are not always easy to wear, and they can cause a host of problems if they are ill fitting or loose.
Dental implants are considered the gold standard of tooth replacement, as they involve the use of titanium posts that are implanted into the jawbone to act as a tooth root. For patients that have a few missing teeth, a crown or bridge can be placed on top of the implant for a natural and highly functional solution. However, for patients who have no teeth in the upper or lower jaw, dentures are the most economical solution. But you do have options here. Patients may choose from either a traditional set of removable dentures or implant-supported dentures. Before you opt for the lower cost option, you’ll want to know the full advantage of choosing an implant-supported denture over a traditional set.
Implant-supported dentures use three to five dental implants to secure the dentures in place. With implants, you have a secure support system that acts much like your your natural tooth roots. An implant includes a titanium post that is surgically placed into your gums, which later heals and fuses to your jawbone. Your dentures are made to fit securely on top of the implants. This allows patients to avoid many of the pitfalls that denture wearers often encounter.
The added security and stabilization for implanted-supported dentures means no more slipping and sliding issues. This allows patients the invaluable benefit of eating and speaking with confidence. With strongly anchored dentures, patients also regain the freedom of eating a varied and healthy diet. Traditional dentures often cause patients to restrict their diet to softer foods, which typically includes more carbohydrates and less fiber-dense fruits and vegetables.
How you choose to replace your missing teeth is always a personal decision. However, the advancing technology of implants dentistry has helped countless patients achieve an improved quality of life after missing teeth. Dental implants look, function and feel most like natural teeth. You should never just endure pain and discomfort while wearing dentures. At Highland Oaks Family Dentistry, we can help you find the solution you need to smile, eat and chew with confidence and comfort.
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Highland Oaks Family Dentistry
Keller, TX 76248