The traditional-style dentures that are available today are head and shoulders better than the dentures of even 15 years ago. Improved materials, better fit and hold, and a more realistic, lifelike appearance make dentures a very good teeth replacement option for people who are missing a lot of teeth.
Dr. Steve Edwards at Advanced Dental Associates in San Antonio has the expertise to create extremely comfortable and realistic dentures that will restore your ability to eat a wide variety of foods comfortably.
As good as today’s dentures are, they’re still held in place by a combination of suction and denture adhesives. Sometime the suction fails or the adhesive isn’t strong enough for the demands placed on it. The result is that traditional dentures can still slip, slide around in the mouth, and even pop out unexpectedly. However, traditional dentures aren’t your only option.
Implant-supported or implant-retained dentures are anchored firmly in your mouth. There is no possibility that they will move while you’re wearing them. But before discussing implant dentures, let’s look at implants.
A Little About Dental Implants
Dental implants are small screws made from titanium that are inserted into the bone where a tooth has been lost. The bone fuses to the implant – a process known as osseointegration – and anchors the implant just as securely as a natural tooth root. The implants are extremely strong and with care should last as long as you live.
An abutment attaches to the implant, and the restoration (a single solid crown for a replacement tooth, a dental bridge, or a full arch of dentures) attaches to the abutment. Once secured, the restoration fits, feels, and functions just like your natural teeth!
In addition to restoring your ability to chew comfortably, implants serve another important function. The pressure of chewing is transferred through the implant into the underlying bone. That stimulation helps keep the bone strong and healthy. With stimulation, the bone where a tooth has been lost tends to deteriorate over time.
The takeaway from this that the strength and thickness of the bone that will support the implant is the most important consideration. Chewing generates enormous force, and the bone has to be up to the challenge. Most people are candidates for dental implants.
There are other factors to consider, but if the bone is sufficient, you can almost certainly have dental implants and enjoy the chewing power and security of implant dentures. Implant dentures return up to 90 percent of your original chewing power! Compare that to the 25 percent chewing power you can get from traditional dentures.
Implant-Supported vs. Implant-Retained Dentures
Implant-supported dentures clip on a metal bar that is attached to your implants. The clips hold the denture firmly in place and you can remove the denture for cleaning.
Implant-retained dentures use a ball-and-socket arrangement to hold dentures securely. As with implant-supported dentures, you can easily remove them. Some people prefer implant-retained dentures because it avoids the metal bar in the mouth.
Either option will give you replacement teeth that fit, function, and feel just like your natural teeth.
Discover Your Denture Options
The decision to choose traditional or implant dentures rests largely on your comfort level and financial means. We offer a variety of payment and financing options to make your new dentures a reality.
Get started by calling Advanced Dental Associates in San Antonio,TX at 210-819-5233 for an appointment.