Not everything was better back in the “good old days.” Take dentures, for instance. Dentures have been around for generations and have certainly improved the lives of thousands of Lewisville people who have lost many or all of their teeth.
However, Grandpa’s old-school false teeth are not the optimal tooth replacement. Traditional dentures can impede many essential oral functions: chewing, tasting, swallowing, talking, and smiling.
You may know denture wearers who have stopped attending social activities because they are embarrassed by dentures that are far from inconspicuous. Some have even stopped eating their favorite foods because their dentures impair their power to taste and/or chew.
I have awesome news for Lewisville residents with missing teeth: Dentures have evolved!
Implant-anchored or implant-supported dentures are far superior than traditional dentures for many patients. So much better, in fact, that there really should be another term for this revolutionary tooth replacement system – a term that doesn’t include the word “denture.” (If you can think of a good name, let us know.)
There are two types of implant anchored dentures; removable and permanent. No adhesive is required for either system. With the permanent type, screw retentions are anchored in the jaw to serve as attachment points for the denture. Permanent implant-supported dentures are very stable. Additionally, they are usually less pricey than replacing each missing tooth with an implant. (The cost varies depending on the number of implants necessary and other factors.)
Screw retentions require enough bone thickness to allow the implant to securely mesh with the existing bone. Unfortunately, some patients who have been missing teeth for a long period of time have experienced bone recession. For patients who lack the needed amount of bone, mini-implants may be an alternative.
Removable implant anchored dentures have a locator attachment which allows the wearer to snap the appliance in place. Some patients prefer this type because they can remove them at night for cleaning. Countless Lewisville patients who have traded in their traditional dentures report that their implant anchored dentures have considerably improved their life.
The terrific benefits of implant-supported dentures include:
Normal tooth function
Better bone retention
Denture relines not necessary
Minimal gum irritation
No denture adhesive necessary
For more information about dental implants, call 469-708-4713 to schedule a consultation with Natalie Goodman. The Lewisville Dentist is located at 297 W FM 3040, Ste 127 in Lewisville. We have been providing quality care and personal attention since 2003.
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