We’re not here to rag on traditional dentures. After all, they’ve served their purpose since at least the time of the ancient Etruscans — around 700 b.c.— giving people some ability to chew and smile. (Though we can’t vouch for the comfort or aesthetic appeal of ill-fitting wooden or animal-bone teeth). And modern dentures are better than they’ve ever been and not always a bad option.
But today, there is something better. Dental implants are the closest you’ll get to having a full mouth of real teeth. Their structure mimics actual tooth structure, and they look natural and feel natural. Not only that, but they help preserve jawbone strength and the overall health of your mouth.
A dental implant topped with a crown may be used to replace a single missing tooth. If you are missing a full arch of teeth, implant-retained dentures marry the benefits of dental implants with a lifelike removable denture.
If you live in the Leawood, KS area and would like to schedule a consultation with S&G Family Dentistry, call our office at 913-945-1612.
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a titanium tooth root that’s surgically implanted into the jawbone and topped with some sort of restoration. The titanium actually fuses with your bone for complete stability. Since they become part of your body, dental implants feel and function like real teeth. You don’t have to use messy adhesives. They won’t slip, slide, or fall out of your mouth. You can eat everything and anything you want and you brush and floss like you always have.
You do need a healthy, thick jawbone to support traditional dental implants. However, at S&G Family Dentistry, we also offer mini dental implants. These may be placed even if you have some bone loss in your jaw, and they require less healing time to boot.
Getting an implant is a multi-step process. First, you will have a consultation with one of our doctors so we can assess your needs and goals and draw up an individualized treatment plan. Next, you will be scheduled for your dental implant surgery. Once the titanium posts are inserted into your jaw, you will need several weeks to heal. At that point, a connector called an abutment will be attached to the dental implant. Finally, a restoration — a crown for a single tooth replacement or a denture for an arch — will be custom-crafted to match your teeth and fit your mouth perfectly.
What Is an Implant-Retained Denture?
An implant-retained denture enables people who have lost all of their teeth to have a denture with the benefits of dental implants. Replacing a full arch of missing teeth with individual dental implants and crowns would be prohibitively expensive, not to mention invasive. With an implant-retained denture, you need just a few dental implants to support a complete arch of artificial teeth. Implant-supported dentures hold many advantages over traditional dentures:
- Since the denture is securely attached to the dental implants (no yucky denture adhesive necessary), you will not have to worry about it sliding around or falling out of your mouth.
- You will be able to eat and chew with confidence — no worrying about your denture slipping while you eat.
- You will be able to speak more easily and clearly.
- Implant-retained dentures are more comfortable and natural feeling.
- Just like with natural teeth, when you bite down with a dental implant, the force goes into your jawbone. This helps maintain jaw integrity and bone health. (By contrast, with a traditional denture, the biting force goes into your gums.)
- Dental implants are exceptionally durable. With proper oral care, they may last a lifetime.
- You will smile with confidence, secure in the knowledge that your denture is secure in your mouth.
If you decide to give yourself the gift of a brand-new smile with implant-retained dentures, the first step will be to come up with a treatment plan. You will then have your dental implants placed. After they heal, you will receive abutments and then a denture that’s custom-crafted to fit your mouth perfectly and look indistinguishable from real teeth. The removable denture will attach to the dental implants via a simple but completely secure ball system.
Are you ready to get the gorgeous smile you deserve? If you’d like to schedule a consultation with S&G Family Dentistry for implant-retained dentures or any of our services, fill out our online form or call our Leawood, KS office at 913-945-1612.