When teeth are lost, many parts of life are impacted from what we can eat to whether we want to smile; even the way words are spoken can be altered by lost teeth. The closest thing to natural is to replace those lost teeth with implant dentures.
There are many facets about implant dentures that make them an ideal substitution to replace lost teeth:
Permanence – When implants are placed to secure a denture, they are there for life. The titanium implant is well received by most patients allowing for permanent anchors for the denture.
Fixed vs. Removable – This is a conversation you will have with your dentist. A lot depends on the level of work the patient wants or needs.
Appearance – When a dental implant is embedded in the gum tissue where tooth loss has occurred, the implant generally requires four to six months of healing time. During this time, bone is forming around the implant providing maximum stability. Once healing has taken place, the bridge is secured. The dentist has fabricated a life-like unit that matches the original teeth in shape, size, and shade to make your implant-supported denture as natural as possible.
Diet – With implant-supported dentures the patient can continue to eat many of the foods enjoyed prior to tooth loss.
Speech – We form words by use of the tongue and teeth. Missing teeth can mean speech difficulties. Teeth replaced using dental implants offer the security you enjoyed when speaking pre tooth loss.
Comfort – Possibly the biggest advantage is the way a denture fits when affixed with dental implants. It does not just rest against gum tissue, but is securely fitted with the implants. In addition, the denture feels very natural as the palette remains unaffected.
Investment – While dental implants require more of a financial investment, the advantages listed here make that consideration worth investigating.
Caring for an implant supported denture is complex. The first stage is maintaining the health and integrity of the implant itself. During the healing period, the patient will have specific instructions on how to brush and floss to prevent infection, the primary reason an implant fails. A special rinse may be provided as well.
Periodic visits with your implant dentist to guarantee the success of the implant, and ultimately your dental prosthesis, are needed. Following the advice given should provide for years of healthy and happy smiles.
Call 516-484-6600 to schedule an appointment with our implant dentist today.