If you don’t like the thought of dentures that slip, slide, click, or whistle when you talk or eat, then implant dentures might be your choice. While traditional dentures just sit in your mouth on top of your gums, implant dentures are anchored to artificial tooth roots that are secured in your bone, similar to natural teeth. This allows implant dentures to function like natural teeth, which means you don’t have to worry about them falling out in the middle of conversations or meals, and you can eat all your favorite foods and talk clearly.
Most people are good candidates for implant dentures. If you want to learn whether implant dentures in Rockland County are right for you, please call (845) 627-7645 for an appointment with a denture dentist at B & D Dental Excellence in West Nyack.
Implant dentures are designed to address many of the complaints people have about their dentures. With implant dentures, you don’t need to worry about:
- Dentures slipping, clicking, or falling out
- Dentures interfering with speech
- Inability to eat some foods
- Painful dentures that pinch
- Natural denture appearance
- Loss of jawbone
Implant dentures can function just like natural teeth. That’s because they are anchored to dental implants that are set in the bone, similar to the way natural teeth are anchored. And because they’re anchored in the bone, they also perform a function of your teeth you may not have appreciated: maintaining your jawbone. Without teeth, your body begins to remove (resorb) bone that it thinks is not necessary, but with dental implants, your bone is stimulated so your body retains it.
How Implant Dentures Work
There are many different attachment options for implant Dentures, which depend on the ability of titanium to actually be incorporated into your bones. If you are getting dentures for the first time, we can usually place dental implants at the same time your natural teeth are removed. However, you may have to wait if you have significant gum disease or other oral health problems. If you are a long-time denture wearer, we may have to perform a bone graft before we place your implants. It depends on how much bone has been lost from your jaw.
After your implants have been placed, you will wear a healing denture until the implants have fully integrated with your bone, a process called osseointegration. Once your implants are fully secure, which may take as long as six months to a year, we can design your final, permanent dentures. Permanent dentures can be either retained by the dental implants or supported by them.
Although dentures may need to be replaced regularly, dental implants usually last ten years or more, and may never need to be replaced.
These implant dentures use dental implants to hold them in place, but are not fully supported by the implants. This means that you don’t have to worry about dentures slipping out when your talking or eating–they will stay firmly in place. Implant-retained dentures are typically removable,
However, when you bite or clench your jaw, much of the force will rest on your gums, not on your implants. This means that there’s still possibility for some denture sores, if dentures aren’t properly fitted. And there will be much of your jawbone that won’t be stimulated, so some bone resorption will likely occur. Implant-retained dentures are typically removable, and require regular cleaning similar to other dentures.
On the other hand, implant-retained dentures require fewer dental implants (sometimes as few as 2 per arch), which makes them less expensive.
These implant dentures are fully supported by dental implants. When you bite down or clench your teeth, the force goes from the dentures to the implants and into the jawbone. This allows for full efficiency biting and chewing. And, of course, they will stay firmly in place when you talk, laugh, or eat. These dentures eliminate the risk of denture sores from pressure, and they promote maximum stimulation of your jawbone, so resorption is reduced or even stopped completely.
Implant-supported dentures can be either fixed or removable. Most fixed dentures can be easily removed by your dentist, but otherwise stay in all the time. Removable dentures have to be removed regularly and cleaned.
Although implant-supported dentures have the best function, they also require more dental implants (4-6+ per arch), so they’re more expensive.
Why The Denture Fountain Of Youth® Make Great Implant Dentures
Getting dental implants doesn’t eliminate the need for quality dentures. In fact, sometimes it makes it even more crucial. When you’re biting down with full force, poorly designed dentures are more likely to wear down or crack. And with implant-retained dentures, dentures that don’t fit right can still cause denture sores and can actually accelerate tooth loss in areas where there are no implants.
But the Denture Fountain of Youth® overcome these challenges. They are optimally fitted which ensures uniform bite forces and reduces the risk of rapid wear or denture cracking. They also eliminate the risk of pinching or adverse pressure on gums, so your jawbone doesn’t get lost.
Perhaps best of all, the Denture Fountain of Youth® ensures that your facial dimensions are restored to youthful proportions. With your jawbone stable and your dentures properly sized, you can turn back the hands of time and slow your apparent aging.
If you want to learn more about the benefits of implant dentures and how they can help you get the best function and appearance from your dentures, please call (845) 627-7645 for an appointment with a Rockland County denture dentist at B & D Dental Excellence in West Nyack.