In the past, losing all your natural teeth often meant a lifetime of struggling with loose and uncomfortable dentures. Thankfully, the introduction of implant-supported dentures has allowed edentulous patients to rediscover all the benefits of having teeth that are stable and strong. Our principal dentist Dr. Agarwal has advanced training and extensive experience in planning and fitting implant-supported dentures and an initial consultation will help you discover all the options available to you.
What Are Implant-Supported Dentures?
An implant-supported denture is constructed in a similar way to a traditional denture. Our lab makes them using replacement teeth that attach to a gum-colored acrylic base. However, instead of resting uncomfortably on the gums, an implant-supported denture has special attachments on its fitting surface. These will clip onto special attachments fitted to the dental implants that that can insert surgically into your jawbone. Instead of having a denture that can move around whenever you eat or talk, or even when you laugh or yawn, you will be able to enjoy having a denture that firmly holds in place. But this is with the added benefit that you may still remove it for easy cleaning.
What Are the Main Benefits of Choosing
There are a number of benefits in choosing this treatment. It will provide you with teeth that are far more stable and much stronger in comparison with a conventional denture. With an implant-supported denture, you should be able to enjoy a far greater range of foods. This could allow you to benefit from improved nutrition, which in turn could even help protect your general health.
Preventing Further Jawbone Loss
Using dental implants helps to halt bone loss, restoring stimulation to the jawbone. This is so that old bone cells are continually replaced. Conventional dentures that rest directly on the gums can often accelerate bone loss. This is due to the pressure on the gum tissue and the bone. Dental implants will support your denture rather than your gums. This means it should be much more comfortable, eliminating any sore spots that may have been caused by your dentures rubbing on your gums.
Less Bulky Denture Design
As your denture will no longer rely on retention for support, we can design it to be smaller and more comfortable. If you choose to have an upper implant-supported denture then it should feel much less bulky than a traditional denture. This is because we can design the denture in a horseshoe shape, just like a lower denture and uncovering your upper palate. You will find food is much tastier as your upper palate has many taste buds so mealtimes will become more enjoyable.
Restoring Your Facial Features
Dr. Agarwal designs every implant-supported denture extremely carefully. This is to ensure it provides just the right amount of support for the muscles in your cheeks and lips. He also makes sure it restores the proper dimensions between your upper and lower jaw. By properly supporting your facial features, we can help to create a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance. This is particularly if you have struggled with loose and broken down dentures or tooth loss for many years beforehand.
Am I a Candidate for an
Dr.Agarwal will evaluate your suitability during your initial consultation. Digital dental x-rays and a cone beam CT scan will determine if you have sufficient bone to support your dental implants. As relatively few dental implants require this treatment, bone grafting is often unnecessary even when there has been jawbone loss.
If you are missing all your upper or lower teeth or all your natural teeth, why put up with loose and uncomfortable dentures any longer? Contact us here at Winterset Dental Care. A visit to our dental office will allow you to find out about all the possible options available to restore your smile.
Dr. Anil K. Agarwal has been a Board-Certified Prosthodontist for more than thirty years. He earned his DDS in 1974 from King George’s Medical School and went on to complete a residency in Prosthodontics at Northwestern University. Dr. Agarwal earned both Fellowship and Diplomate status in the International Congress of Oral ImplantologistsCongress of Oral Implantologists, and has Fellow status in the Academy of General Dentistry and the American College of Osseointegration.