You know the day is coming. You’ve been losing teeth for the past few years, and you realize you will need dentures sooner or later.
Your grandparents had them. One of your parents had them, too.
But you don’t have to settle for your grandparents’ dentures. You can get something so much better. If you live in or near San Antonio, ask our dentists about All-on-4® implant-supported dentures.
You don’t have to live with loose-fitting, uncomfortable dentures. You can have secure teeth replacements that allow you to eat the same foods you could eat before you lost your teeth.
Our team at Advanced Dental Associates can provide the information you need to decide if All-on-4 is right for you.
Life With Dentures
What do you remember about your grandparents’ or your parent’s experience with dentures?
You may have memories of them taking out their teeth when you were younger. You may have found this amusing. You may have found it scary, worried that your teeth would come out, too.
You also may recall your relative’s “teeth” slipping out of place from time to time as he or she spoke. You may have been all too aware of how they had to avoid certain foods. You may have witnessed the consequences when they, literally, tried to bite off more than they could chew.
For a long time, dentures were the best we could do for people who were missing an entire arch of teeth. You got them, and you accepted the good with the bad.
You may or may not have known that your grandparents or parents also had to replace or refit their dentures from time to time. Dentures are made to fit the patient’s mouth. The problem is that your mouth will change if you don’t have teeth.
The roots of teeth push into your jawbone. This helps to keep your jaw strong and healthy. Without that pressure, your jaw shrinks. That changes the shape of your mouth, and that causes your dentures to feel looser with time.
To fix that problem, people with dentures will need to have dentures replaced or refitted every few years.
Dental implants from Advanced Dental Associates can help you avoid those issues. Call 210-819-5233 or keep reading to learn more.
Dental Implant-Supported Dentures
The first modern dental implants were placed in the 1960s, and the patient who received them had them for more than 40 years (until the end of his life). Since then, research and development have made dental implants and implant placement even better.
So, what are dental implants? Implants are replacements for the roots of your teeth.
Like your roots, implants are anchored in your jawbone. Because they are made of titanium, your bone bonds to the implants to hold them secure in your mouth.
This creates a stable foundation to support teeth replacements, including full sets of dentures. Implant-supported dentures offer some significant improvements to your dentures.
First, you are able to put more force in your bite. Your dental implants create a direct connection between your dentures and your jaw. As a result, many patients are able to bite and chew with nearly the same power as someone with a full set of healthy teeth.
Second, you can feel more confident that your teeth will stay in place. Implants provide a level of security that you can’t match with denture adhesives. Whether you are talking, singing, or eating, you can trust that your dentures will remain where you want them to be.
Third, your dental implants are good for your jaw. Like your roots once did, dental implants create pressure that causes your jaw to grow new bone tissue. This helps to prevent your jaw from losing its shape and size.
And What About All-On-4 Dental Implants?
All-on-4 is a product of the research and development we mentioned earlier. All-on-4 is a procedure that allows you to get the maximum benefit from just four dental implants.
Careful planning and placement mean you need fewer implants to secure your dentures. It also allows us to place a set of temporary dentures on your implants on the same day as your procedure.
With many implant placements, patients have to wait months before they can have any dentures. With All-on-4, you can walk out of our San Antonio dentist office with a full set of replacement teeth.