If you’re missing a full row of teeth — but aren’t excited about the prospect of dentures — you aren’t out of options. Implant-supported dentures can replace a full row of missing teeth without the need for messy denture adhesive. Implant-supported dentures combine the perks of dentures and implants so that your new teeth are strong, beautiful, and easy-to-clean.
If you’re missing all of your teeth on your upper and/or lower jaw, George Saliba, DDS and his team at GEMS Dental can secure your dentures with implants in our Houston, Texas office.
Below, we’ll cover how implant-retained dentures work and what benefits you can expect from this procedure.
As the name suggests, implant-retained dentures are dentures that are secured in place by implants. Although your dentures are secured in place by implants, you don’t need one implant for every missing tooth. With implant-retained dentures, each arch (upper or lower) is secured by two to six implants.
Some dentures may snap on and off, while others are permanently screwed in place. Regardless of which options you choose, dentures secured by implants have many advantages over traditional dentures.
Implant-retained dentures are more secure than traditional dentures. Even with denture adhesive, dentures can slip and slide, making eating and speaking challenging at times. Because implant posts are surgically implanted into your jaw, implant-retained dentures are much more secure, leading to more comfort and a higher self-confidence.
Traditional dentures can be a hassle to manage. Between daily soaking and regular applications of messy dental adhesives, the routine can get tedious. Dentures secured with implants don’t require any adhesives.
Dentures can limit your dietary choices. For example, you may struggle eating crusty bread, corn on the cob, crunchy fruit, and tougher pieces of meat. Dentures secured with implants can free up your dietary selections. Not only do you have more freedoms when it comes to eating, but you’ll also enjoy your food more. In order to stay secure, traditional dentures cover the palate, or the roof of your mouth. This makes it harder to judge the temperature of food, but it also affects how to taste and savor your food. There’s no need to cover the roof of your mouth with implant-retained dentures.
Did you know that your tooth roots stimulate jaw bone growth? Your jaw bone supports your facial structure, but without enough jaw bone, your face may look more sunken. Tooth loss contributes to jaw bone atrophy because there are no more tooth roots to stimulate the bone.
However, that isn’t the case with implants. Implants do stimulate bone growth because the implant posts act as tooth roots. In this way, implant-retained dentures do what traditional dentures alone can’t do: preserve your jaw bone.
Are you ready to restore the form and function of your mouth? For more information on implant-retained dentures, call GEMS Dental, in Houston, Texas today. You can reach us at 281-607-1851, or you can request an appointment online.