Remember the last time you were out having dinner with family or friends and had a slip? Yeah, we’re talking about a denture slip, causing difficulty speaking and making simple activities much more challenging (like enjoying dinner with loved ones). Drs. Laura and Jonathan Mears can help you address that frustration with implant-supported dentures. By visiting your dentist in Arnold, you could be well on your way to a shining, stable smile.
What are “implant-supported” dentures?
Traditional dentures have created new smiles for patients that have lost the majority of their teeth in their upper and/or lower arches for many years. Many people are familiar with this type of prosthetic but become unsure when they hear “implant-supported dentures.” You can relax. Both traditional and implant-supported dentures are composed of prosthetic teeth attached to an acrylic gum colored base. The main difference is that traditional dentures rely on suction and dental adhesives to keep them in place, while the modern version of dentures are held in place by dental implants. Basically, both options are providing the same solution, but implant-retained dentures bring much more comfort and stability. Either Dr. Laura or Dr. Johnathan Mears will actually attach your prosthetic implants to ensure a secure smile.
New denture technology
Implant-supported dentures are the most stable way to replace a full smile. The simple process requires three different phases. The first phase requires the actual implant, a tiny titanium screw that acts as a replacement for a tooth root, to be placed strategically within various areas of your mouth. The total number of implants you will receive all depends on the number of teeth we’re replacing.
The second phase is your healing and recovering process. During this extremely important phase, a process called osseointegration occurs, meaning your body will be working to fuse your jawbone/gums with the artificial tooth root (your dental implant). Osseointergration is what makes implants so stable.
You can expect to return to your dentist in Arnold after a period of three to six months to complete the last phase of your dental implants. This phase is relatively easy and probably the most exciting! You will finally be attaching your dental prosthetic! By completing all three phases, you can expect a functioning, realistic-looking smile that will last for years. Some of the benefitsof implant supported dentures over traditional dentures are:
· Less maintenance
· No more adhesives or pastes
· Reduced gum irritation
· Reduced bone loss
· Exceptional denture support
· Improved ability to chew and speak
Have more questions?
JL Dental helps create new smiles every day and we would love to assist you in creating yours. All of our services, whether they be traditional or modern, are here to help you achieve a new found confidence and independence. Our implant-supported dentures are just another comprehensive way to provide our patients with cutting-edge dental care. If you have any more questions about either of our denture options, please give us a call today.