Implant Supported Dentures
For those who have recently learned that they may soon become edentulate, the thought of being completely toothless can be terrifying. Although the teeth may not be in the best shape, there may still be an underlying hope that somehow, each tooth can be saved. Unfortunately for some, depending on factors which could include the spread of infection or periodontal disease, it may be for the benefit of the patient every tooth is extracted. Some may wonder what happens when you no longer have teeth, especially since you still need to eat. Geelan Dental Care understands your concerns and may have the answers you are looking for.
How Dental Technology Benefits You
Sometimes it is possible to get dealt a bad hand and lose all of your teeth before you are barely thirty. Even if you did not need them to chew food, what happens to your smile? Besides the fact that toothlessness can cause your jawbone to recede, which can cause premature aging, your confidence may take a punch that is difficult to recover from. There is the obvious option of dentures, but for some, that word may bring up memories of great-grandparents with obviously false teeth that did not function very well, which always seemed to be falling out. Recent innovations in the medical field have also allowed for the field of dentistry to upgrade many of the more archaic methods used for creating prosthetics.
A Reason to Smile
Through the use of dental implants, we can use the process of osseointegration to fuse your jaw bone and a tiny titanium screw. Depending on the type of denture, we will generally place between four to six implants on top and two on the bottom. We may offer a temporary denture for you to wear while your implants heal. It will also help us when it comes to designing your final denture.
Once they have healed, it is possible to design you a brand-new set of teeth. Because these dentures will be secured to your mouth by the dental implants and not the suction of your gums, there is less material so even if you have a sensitive gag reflex, you should still be able to wear them. Just because they are not real, however, does not make it any less important to take care of them. Make sure you brush and floss just like you would your real teeth. You will need to take out your dentures for cleaning and at night since it is not a good idea to sleep in them.
These dentures may be indistinguishable from natural teeth and may function just as well with proper care. Since the dentures are secured by sturdy metal implants, the plates are less likely to slip and should remain in place until you are ready to take them out. You should be able to eat comfortably in them but may need to avoid hard or sticky food that can cause damage to your teeth. If monitored carefully, the implants may even become permanent. This can ensure the security of your new dentures for many years to come.
Implant-supported dentures may be the answer to all of the questions you were afraid to ask. With a natural-looking, strong, and confident smile, nobody has to know you are wearing a prosthetic. If you would like to learn more about implants, stop in and see us here at Geelan Dental Care where we are happy to answer your questions. To schedule an appointment, please call us at (971) 323-1990.