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Dentures have been around for decades. Everyone knows exactly what traditional dentures are, and, therefore, most people understand the limitations that traditional dentures present.
Usually associated with senior citizens, traditional dentures are a set of false teeth (either partial or full) that mimic the look and function of natural teeth. These dentures are held in place with a glue adhesive, and they are removed each night to soak.
While traditional dentures have helped countless men and women with missing or severely damaged teeth restore their ability to chew and their confidence to smile, they are a treatment of the past.
Now, newer dental treatments have taken the lead and significantly improved upon traditional dentures. One of these treatments is implant-supported dentures.
What Are Implant-Supported Dentures?
Much like dentures, implant-supported dentures are a tooth replacement option that provides the look and functionality of a full, healthy smile. The difference between these two treatments is that traditional dentures are held in place with an applied adhesive; implant-supported dentures are held in place with titanium posts (implants) fused to the jawbone.
Implant-supported dentures require multiple appointments to prepare the implant posts and abutments. These appointments are carried out several months apart as it takes time for the implants to fuse to the bone.
Why Are Implant-Supported Dentures Better Than Traditional Implants?
Traditional dentures were known to slip in the mouth. This is not the case with implant-supported dentures since the implants are secured to the jawbone. Additionally, because the implants are inserted into the tooth root, they help keep the jawbone active and healthy.
It is common for the jawbone to atrophy when there is no tooth root or implant in place. This can lead to a hollow look and weaker bone.
Why Might You Consider Implant-Supported Dentures?
Even men and women who take great care of their teeth may find themselves in need of a tooth restoration treatment. This can be due to facial trauma, medication, or years of wear and tear.
Here are some signs and symptoms to watch out for to determine when to get implant-supported dentures.
Missing or severely broken teeth affect how you smile and limit the types of food you eat. If you are missing multiple teeth, your eating habits have likely been adjusted. Restoring these teeth with implant-supported dentures helps you regain your ability to chew and smile comfortably.
Constant toothaches are an indication of decay that has reached the nerve. If the decay is extensive, affecting multiple teeth, you may need to have them removed. At that point, the implants that will support the dentures can be inserted.
Loose or Shifting Teeth
Once your teeth start to shift or become loose, you could be moving closer to implant-supported dentures. It means bone loss around the teeth has begun, usually due to periodontal disease or tooth decay.
Swollen, Inflamed, Bleeding, and Inflamed Gums
These symptoms indicate developing gum disease, and if left untreated, they can worsen into tooth loss, causing the need for implant-supported dentures. So make sure you visit your dentist for expert advice on how to address the symptoms.
Will Dentures Make Me Look Different?
With today’s advancement in dental technology, implant-supported dentures are very natural-looking and function like natural teeth. They are a far cry from the dentures our grandparents used to wear back in the day, so you shouldn’t be concerned about looking older or different.
When you replace lost or missing teeth with properly fitting partial or complete dentures, you provide adequate support to your cheek and gums, eliminating the appearance of a sagging, sunken appearance. That said, quality, customized dentures that fit on your gum line can definitely change the shape of your face and for the better.
Ultimately, taking good care of your mouth and regular visits to your dentist are the best ways to take charge of your oral health and retain your natural teeth for as many years as possible.
Interested in Dentures?
Whether you are considering dentures or any other form of dental restoration, the team at La Jolla Cosmetic Dentistry & Orthodontics can help. Contact us at 858-295-0603 or fill out our online form to schedule your consultation.