Implant Anchored Dentures
Most people do not spend much time thinking about their teeth, but when you are missing an entire arch of them, you may find yourself dwelling on them more often than not. If you have sustained tooth loss in one or both of your dental arches (your top or bottom row of teeth), then you may have also spent some time thinking about your options for restoring them.
Nearly 40 million American adults are missing all of their teeth, yet so few people seem to realize that they have choices on how they can replace those teeth. While many of our patients are aware of dentures or implants, sometimes they do not even realize they could be good candidates for implant anchored dentures until we here at The Center for Implant and General Dentistry tell them about them!
Are Implant Anchored Dentures a Good Choice for Me?
Most of us are aware of dentures, whether we had a grandparent or even a parent with them. We can all picture the bubblegum-pink resin floating in a clear drinking glass, and the appallingly bad, blocky chicklet-like teeth attached to it. However, despite being so comically poor in appearance, so many people are still reaching for dentures to replace their missing teeth. While dentures do serve a purpose for some patients, they are no comparison to the ease and comfort of an implant anchored denture.
Implant anchored dentures are a permanent treatment option for patients who have lost an entire arch of teeth. They can be used on either your upper or lower arch, or you can use them on both. Unlike traditional dentures, which need to be replaced every five to seven years, implant anchored dentures will last you the rest of your life if you take care of them.
They will not negatively impact your bite force, and you will be able to chew at 100 percent efficiency. They do not require relining, and you can continue to eat your favorite foods without fear of embarrassing yourself by accidentally dislodging your denture. Implant anchored dentures do not slip or click, and unlike traditional dentures, they also do not negatively impair your ability to speak clearly. They look and feel just like your natural, real teeth.
How It Works
Getting implant anchored dentures does require surgery, but it is an entirely safe, easy, and straightforward procedure. They are a fantastic option for patients who may not be good candidates for traditional implants due to bone loss, as well, because they require less bone material to be successful. They also require less surgery than traditional implants, as they require just four implants to place them. As a bonus, they can also help prevent gum shrinkage and bone loss, keeping your face looking full and youthful instead of prematurely sagging and aged.
To get implant anchored dentures, we will first check to make sure you are in good oral health and do not have any contraindications. The procedure will be performed under a combination of local anesthetic and intravenous anesthetic. We will carefully place an incision into the gumline to expose the bone, then place the titanium implant directly into the bone. Over time, your body will accept the titanium implant, and your bone will start to grow over the implant, a process known as osteointegration. That keeps them strong and secure in your mouth.
For people who like having a beautiful, healthy smile, implant anchored dentures are a wonderful treatment option. To learn more about them, or to set up an appointment with us here at The Center for Implant and General Dentistry, please give us a call at (903) 858-4020 today!