In times past, the only option for replacing a full set of teeth was to have a set of dentures fabricated. While this is still an effective way of restoring your smile and functionality, it presents some challenges. One limitation is that it relies on dental adhesive and suction to secure the dentures, which can lead to shifting, a partially covered palate and difficulties speaking. Thankfully, there is a way to address all of these shortcomings: dental implants. Read on as an implant dentist explains why they’re the gold standard for tooth replacement.
What is a Dental Implant?
The primary issue with missing teeth is that the roots have detached from the underlying jawbone. A dental implant is the only form of replacement that directly addresses the problem. The implant body is a titanium post that is surgically inserted into the jawbone, and it will fuse with the bone over a period of three to nine months through a process called osseointegration. This creates a sound foundation that mimics the stability of the original tooth root.
The Value of Implant-Retained Dentures
To replace a full set of teeth, a dentist will strategically place a series of dental implants in the upper and lower jaw. He or she will also take impressions that will be used to create a set of dentures. Unlike traditional prosthetics, the finished set of implant-retained dentures will have snaps on the gum side of the pink resin base. They’ll allow the dentures to securely fasten to the implants with the aid of special retention clips.
Here are the key benefits you can expect:
- No sliding or shifting
- Adequate support to prevent any future bone loss
- Over 70% of your original chewing strength regained
- A replacement that, with proper care, can last 30 years or more
- Heightened confidence from having a functional and attractive smile
- The ability to taste and fully enjoy your food because your palate won’t be covered
Who is a Good Candidate for Implant-Retained Dentures?
The best way to determine your eligibility for implant-retained dentures is to visit a local dentist for an initial consultation. He or she will assess your oral health and measure your jawbone density. Therefore, any restorative care needed can be performed before the surgery to ensure the implant process is effective and long-lasting.
Once all the preliminary work is done, which can also include treating any oral infections, you can move forward with getting your life back on track. With implant dentures, a new avenue has opened for replacing your missing teeth in the most attractive and functional way possible!
About the Author
Dr. Mark M. Farthing is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Dentistry. Throughout a career that has spanned over 30 years, he has demonstrated a commitment to broadening his knowledge and further honing his skills by receiving advanced training from the prestigious Dawson Academy. Dr. Farthing helps his patients build confidence by rejuvenating their smiles with the placement of implant-retained dentures at Indianapolis Family Dentistry. He can be reached for more information through his website.