To say life without teeth is difficult would be quite the understatement. You’re extremely limited in what you can eat, speaking clearly becomes difficult or even impossible, and your confidence will likely plummet when you don’t have a beautiful smile to show the world. While traditional dentures can help you replace the visible parts of the teeth, Dr. Pham can go one step further and place them on dental implants. As a result, your new teeth can look and feel like your natural teeth! Call us today to schedule a consultation and see if implant dentures are your best option for overcoming severe tooth loss.
An implant denture is exactly what it sounds like: a denture anchored to dental implants. The exact number of implants used tends to vary, but it’s usually in the range of 4 to 8. The posts give your dentures better support and stability while also working to keep the jawbone healthy. Many patients report that their implant dentures feel and function almost exactly like their original teeth. Depending on your preferences, you can get a fixed implant denture or a removable implant denture.
This type of denture remains in your mouth 24/7, only being removed by Dr. Pham as needed. The big advantage of this type of implant is the ease of maintenance; you can just brush and floss like you normally would in order to keep your restoration clean. You need to have a certain level of jawbone density to support this type of denture.
A removable implant denture snaps into place using clips or ball sockets. You’ll be able to take it out anytime, allowing you to clean the entire prosthetic from every angle. It usually takes fewer implants to support removable dentures, so it’s a better option for patients with less jawbone density.
You can be considered for implant dentures if you have lost most or all of the teeth in one arch. The best candidate for dental implant surgery will have good oral and overall health; any health issues that might get in the way of the procedure need to be addressed first. Also, since getting implants is a lengthy process, you have to be willing to make a long-term commitment.