Our Highland Township dental team spends copious amounts of time working with patients to keep their natural teeth healthy and beautiful. Of course, not every patient we see has the luxury of having great teeth. Some patients are struggling mightily with missing teeth. They have gaps in the smile. Or maybe they have spent years wearing an uncomfortable denture. Whatever the case, there is a way to resolve your problems with missing teeth — and it doesn’t have to be with a floppy removable denture.
There are millions of Americans walking around without any of their remaining teeth. If you are one of those without teeth or large section of missing teeth, you probably have thought about dentures. Or maybe you wear dentures every day. Removable dentures are more lifelike and functional than ever before, but they do have limitations. Here are just a few issues that come to mind:
- Patients have a reduced diet because dentures do not match the biting force of natural teeth.
- The dentures can slip or slide around in the mouth while you chew your food.
- Patients with removable dentures can see their facial structure change shape over time. They’ll develop wrinkles around the mouth, and the jawbone will begin to recede.
- Denture wearers often develop sores on their mouth
Those are just a few of the chief complaints I hear from denture wearers. As you can see, these are pretty big concerns. That’s why my office has invested in dental implants. Instead of having teeth slip or slide in the mouth, we can secure your teeth with dental implants. Here are a few things are dental implants you need to know if you’re missing teeth or wearing dentures:
- Dental implants can be restored with crowns, bridges or dentures: Dental implants are made from titanium, a metal that naturally merges with the bone. Once the implant heals with the jawbone, we can restore the implant with either crowns (single tooth replacement), bridges (multiple tooth replacement), or dentures (total tooth replacement).
- Dental implants preserve the jawbone: When the teeth are lost, the jawbone will recede. This is perhaps one of the most unfortunate physical changes that occur when the teeth are lost. There’s no other way to put this, but this physical change will make you look much older than you are. Dental implants inhibit the jawbone from receding and give you a more youthful appearance.
- Dental implant give you back your biting force. Dentures do not come close to matching the power of your natural teeth. We dentists have found that they can provide only about 25 to 50 percent of the power of your natural teeth. That’s a big difference in lifestyle. You can go from eating steak and nuts to soft foods. Dental implants, on the other hand, nearly match the power of your natural teeth. The implants can be placed with a 95 percent success rate. Once the implants are restore, you can eat whatever you want.
Our office using both single dental implants and a method known as All-on-4 dental implants. All-on-4 dental implants are placed around the arch to secure entire arches of new teeth. These implants are unique because the upper palate is left open. This is a huge advantage for dentures wearers, as they can experience more tastes than they could with removable dentures.
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We’re happy to say that most patients are candidates for dental implants. To be a candidate, you need to have ample jawbone levels and be in general good health. The best way to determine if dental implants are right for you is to visit us. You can call our office today at