Lots of people have lost all their teeth and rely on complete dentures to help them eat and talk. Dentures have been widely used for decades and are an affordable solution for complete tooth loss, but they are by no means perfect.
The main problem with wearing full dentures is due to the changes that occur soon after your natural teeth are removed. Once your natural teeth have been extracted then your jawbone quickly begins to change shape, affecting the fit and stability of full dentures. Loose dentures can be utterly miserable and if you suffer from this problem then you might be interested to learn more about our implant supported dentures.
When you visit Comfort Smiles, your smile is our top priority. Dr. DuBois and his dental team are dedicated to providing you with the personalized, gentle care that you deserve. Our dentist provides general, restorative and cosmetic dental services designed to assist each patient in achieving and maintaining long-term dental health and a beautiful smile.
WHAT ARE IMPLANT SUPPORTED DENTURES?
Implant supported dentures are held firmly in place with dental implants. The dentures clip onto the implant by means of special attachments on the fitting surface of the denture. Once in position, the denture cannot move or slip out of place. One of the really appealing things about this treatment is that often our dentist will only need to place between two and four dental implants to secure a complete lower denture.
This helps keep treatment very affordable and frequently it is possible to place the dental implants towards the front of the mouth, maximizing use of the jawbone in the area where it is strongest and thickest, avoiding the need for bone grafts.
A greater number is likely to be required to secure an upper denture, but it’s often lower dentures that are the most problematic. With an upper denture, retention is greater due to the upper palate being covered up so the denture is less likely to become loose and uncomfortable.
If you do require your upper denture to be implant supported, then it can be constructed slightly differently from a conventional upper denture. Instead of covering up your palate, your upper denture can be constructed in a horseshoe shape, very similar to your lower denture.
This will make the denture feel far less bulky so it is even more comfortable to wear, and at the same time uncovering your upper palate means uncovering lots of taste buds, so eating will become more pleasurable, especially with teeth that are held firmly in place.
WHO CAN HAVE IMPLANT SUPPORTED DENTURES?
Our implant dentist here at Comfort Smiles Dentistry assesses every patient extremely carefully for their suitability for dental implants; the good news is that dental implants can generally work well for most people. It’s not a problem if you are a bit older as we are far more concerned that you have reasonable dental health and good general health.
You must also be prepared to look after your dental implants. This is easily done as they are simple to keep clean through regular brushing and flossing. Of course, we will also need to see you for regular check-ups and cleanings.
If you are fed up of having loose dentures and would love to have the sensation of teeth that are held firmly in place then why not call us today? You can trust our experienced dentists to give you a smile that will be the envy of others.
Do you have any questions about Implant Supported Dentures? Would you like to schedule an appointment with the New Orleans implant dentist? Please contact our office.