Which is worse: living without teeth or wearing dentures? If you hate wearing dentures, that question may make you think twice. Before you answer, consider the new dentures – implant retained dentures.
Problems with Dentures
In the past, people who lost all or most of their teeth had only one option for replacement, and that was dentures. Because dentures are made to fit on top of the gums, they can slip and slide. Furthermore, the longer a person wears dentures, the smoother his gums become. This only makes slippage more of a problem. Another common complaint is that dentures require extensive care. They must be removed, cleaned, rinsed, soaked, and relined. Real teeth don’t require that much care!
What Are Dental Implants?
Much like a natural tooth, an implant features a root. The root anchors into a socket where a tooth is missing. Over the course of about three months, healthy jawbone tissue integrates with the implant post to create a solid anchor. One implant can secure a dental crown, a few can hold a bridge or partial, and four or more dental implants can secure a denture.
Benefits of Implants over Dentures
Implant retained dentures can be fixed (permanent) or removable. The denture is fitted with connectors that snap onto abutments placed on implant posts. Because they snap securely, implant-retained dentures don’t slip and slide, they don’t need relining, and they don’t require messy denture adhesive. Most people don’t know that implants also stimulate the jawbone so that it doesn’t deteriorate, as is common in traditional denture wearers. With proper care, implants can last a lifetime.
Your Dental Implant Questions Answered
Want to learn more? Schedule an appointment to meet with Dr. DeFinnis and discuss implant-retained dentures. The doctor will evaluate your oral health, talk with you about your concerns, and help you decide whether implants are the best solution to your denture problems. Call 610-228-4452 today to reserve your appointment at our Wynnewood, PA dentist office near center city Philadelphia.