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 Arlington 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 important 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 reduce their power to taste and/or chew.
I have fantastic news for patients with missing teeth: Dentures have evolved!
Implant-anchored or implant-supported dentures are far superior than old-school 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 necessary 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 Arlington patients who have traded in their traditional dentures report that their implant anchored dentures have dramatically improved their life.
The terrific benefits of implant-supported dentures include:
Normal tooth function
Better bone retention
Denture relines not required
Minimal gum irritation
No denture adhesive needed
For more specifics about dental implants, call 817-274-7875 to schedule a consultation with Stephen Ratcliff. Stephen Ratcliff Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is located at 909 W Mitchell St in Arlington. We have been providing quality care and personal attention since 1990.
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