Have you experienced tooth loss? Are you currently a denture wearer? Studies show that by the time you reach the age of seventy-four, about 26% of us will have lost all our permanent teeth.
Usually, the most widely-know solution has been dentures that slip over the gums. The unfortunate problem is the fact that the dentures that “slip” over your gums continue to slip, cause sores, and make it difficult to eat and speak. Dental adhesives can help but aren’t the ideal solution.
Not to paint a bleak picture, but the jawbone will deteriorate because the roots of the teeth no longer stimulate it. Dentures will need to be adjusted, realigned, or replaced.
New technologies and approaches are always being developed, but most patients haven’t considered dental implants. Dental implants are not new. They’ve proven the test of time and are a solid solution for many patients who require dentures.
What are Dental Implants?
In simple terms, dental implants are dentures that are anchored to your jaw. Patients report that these implanted dentures look and feel like natural teeth. There are options for implant-secured dentures that can be removed and cleaned. Or, you might decide that fixed implant dentures are right for you. This option becomes a permanent solution.
Talking with Dr. Schnabel will determine which option is available for your particular situation.
Immediate load implants are a relatively new approach where the entire procedure can happen in one visit. There’s no waiting time before you can immediately enjoy the benefits.
Overdentures are yet another option. Your bridge or denture is secured with implants and you’ll be amazed at the comfortable fit. They not only look great, but provide stability when eating and speaking.
Benefits of Dental Implants
• Easier to eat your favorite foods
• Implants are attached and won’t slip
• Implants look, feel and function like real teeth
• No adhesives to deal with
• Laugh, speak, and enjoy life as if they were your real teeth
How Successful are Dental Implants?
Each case varies, but a success rate of up to 98% is impressive. With the right care, your implants can last a lifetime.
Custom dentures may be the right choice for you. The denture plate is anchored so you don’t need to worry about slipping, shifting, tilting or other problems associated with this approach.
If you are ready to discuss the alternatives to dentures, let us know. Our goal is to bring back your confident smile and let you get back to living your life.