Do you hate your removable dentures? Maybe it’s the way it looks or function. Maybe they rub your gums and cause sores. Or maybe you hate the day-to-day task of having to place adhesives on the denture and your gums. Whatever the case, understand that our San Antonio TX dental team has a solution for every denture problem.
Removable dentures are an older technology, and while they look even than ever before, there are better ways to replace missing teeth. Advanced Dental Associates is using dental implants to replacing single missing teeth and to stabilize dentures. Dental implants have been used in dentistry for a few decades, and the technology and technique has improve to where we can placed dental implants with nearly a 98 percent success rate!
Here are some of the general advantages of dental implants:
- They nearly match the power of natural teeth
- They merge with the jawbone naturally
- Almost anyone with missing teeth is a candidate for dental implants (Just be in good health and have enough jawbone to support the implant
- They stop jawbone recession (a problem that occurs after tooth loss)
- They do not get cavities
- They can last forever
Use Implants to Secure Your Teeth
Perhaps the biggest complaint from denture wearers is that dentures often slide around in the mouth whenever you try to eat or even speak. This is because removable dentures are not fixed into the mouth, they rely on suction and fit. The problem is that the jawbone will change once the teeth are lost, making it difficult to find a good denture fit. Every patient is different, but some studies have estimated that patients with dentures only have about 25 to 50 percent of the biting force they had with dental implants.
To get more stability, denture wearers often use adhesives to lock dentures into place. But those can only provide so much support AND patients often need to apply the adhesive multiple times a day. When you come to our office for dental implants, you can throw away those bad dentures or denture adhesives.
Type of Dental Implants to Consider
There are two basic dental implant options: mini dental implants and traditional dental implants. Mini dental implants function just like traditional implants, but they are smaller in diameter and ideal for patients who have moderate to severe jawbone recession. We use mini dental implants to avoid putting the patient through additional costly and sometimes uncomfortable gum and bone grafting.
There are also two ways we can secure your teeth if you have full arches of missing teeth. If you have wobbling dentures and need some stability, we might recommend implant-supported dentures. This solution allows us to place a few implants around the arch and then have your denture snap into those implants. These teeth give you great security, but they can be removed easily by you for cleaning.
Another option, All-on-4 is permanent. We place a series of implants on each arch and then place permanent bridges on the implants. These teeth are anchored into the implants and can only be removed by your dentist. One of the major benefits of All-on-4 is that the upper teeth do not cover the top palate. This small difference will allow you to enjoy more tastes and cold and hot sensations.
Visit Us for a Consultation
It’s not an exaggeration to say we’ve seen dental implants change a person’s life. It helps with their apperance, but more importantly, people can eat whatever they want again and never have to worry about their teeth falling out. Dr. Edwards is a Fellow in the International Congress of Oral Implantology, meaning that he has trained extensively to offer the most precise, successful dental implant procedures. Schedule your visit with Dr. Edwards today by calling us today at 210-819-5233 or filling out our online form.