Dentures are an ideal solution for people that have lost all or most of their teeth. They allow a person to continue eating harder foods, prevents the cheek from becoming caved in and too slack and helps the confidence of the person wearing them. However, traditional dentures do also have some side effects. Due to the soft nature of the gums, the dentures might need to be adjusted, so they fit properly. Most dentures are kept in place via suction, which is not always the most reliable of ways.
However, dentures supported by dental implants offer a higher level of confidence and can help the wearer feel more comfortable. Dental implants are small titanium posts that are surgically implanted in the jaw and grafted with the jaw bone to act as tooth substitutes. The biocompatible nature of titanium makes it an ideal option for replacing a tooth. If it was a single tooth being replaced, a dental crown would be applied to the top of the post.
For dentures, several implants are used in order to add stability. The dentures are modified to have implant attachments on their base. The height of the denture can easily be adjusted so if they are causing discomfort to the gums, they can be raised further to eliminate the gums issues. The fear of dentures coming out is also greatly decreased, allowing the wearer to feel very confident.
Not all patients can receive dental implants. Certain medical conditions, like gum disease, can prevent the titanium post from grafting properly. A thorough examination from your dentist can let you know if implants are an option for you.
Dr. Keith Shankle, DDS of Dental Care of Muskogee is dedicated to providing complete dental care to his patients whether it's a routine...