Most of us are familiar with dentures, those time-tested replacement teeth that millions of us use to make biting, chewing, and talking easier. However, did you know that you Dr. Karr at Alliance Dental Care can anchor a set of dentures to dental implants for an even better experience with dentures? He’s fitted many other patients in the Ft. Worth/Dallas area with implant dentures, and he can do the same for you.
Call us today if you’d like more information or to make an appointment: 817-985-3077.
Dentures Go Way Back
Let’s take a step back for just a moment in case you’re not all that familiar with dentures. Dentures have been used for thousands of years as replacement teeth. Early dentures were made from a variety of materials, including animal teeth, human teeth, bone, wood, and ivory.
Dentures have made dramatic improvements over the years. The replacement teeth in modern dentures are usually made from acrylic, which gives them strength and durability as well as a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. They are mounted in a frame that is custom-fit to your mouth.
With today’s high standards in materials and manufacturing, millions of people daily rely on traditional dentures so they can eat more comfortably and show others a beautiful, white smile.
Dental Implants Change the Dentures Game
Many people don’t realize, however, that a dentist can place dental implants into your jawbone, creating a fantastic base that your dentures can be anchored to.
Implants will make your replacement teeth even more stable, secure, and comfortable. Your dentures will stay firmly in place so you won’t have to worry about them slipping, moving, clicking, or flying out of your mouth at an embarrassing moment.
Implants are small titanium posts that act as replacement tooth roots. Once Dr. Karr places them into your jawbone, the bone begins to fuse with implants in a process known as osseointegration. The implants are sturdy and can last for 20 years or longer with no special maintenance or care needs!
Take Your Choice of Implant Dentures
Once your jaw is fully healed, we can attach new dentures to your implants. Depending on your circumstances and needs, you have two choices for your dentures, either implant-retained dentures or implant-supported dentures. Both options are similar, however there are key differences between them that affect their comfort and performance.
Implant-retained dentures fit into place using a system of balls and snaps. Because they anchor to your implants, you won’t have to use denture adhesives or pastes, plus they will stay in place while you’re eating, talking, laughing, and even singing.
They will fit more comfortably and securely than traditional dentures and are much less likely to make your mouth or gums sore. Because they remove easily, you can pop them out for cleaning and care each day.
Implant-supported dentures are similar, except they secure to a sturdy bar that is attached to your implants. Just like natural teeth do, this bar transfers the forces of biting and chewing to your jawbone, rather than your gums.
The transfer of force eliminates pressure and strain and on your gums, making this denture option even more comfortable and secure than implant-retained dentures. These dentures are generally only removed by a dentist but are still easily cleaned every day. Either type of implant denture will give you replacement teeth that offer superior comfort and fit over traditional dentures.
Implants Contribute to Your Overall Health & Appearance
Plus, since dental implants function as replacement tooth roots, they will actually help keep your jawbone healthy. Over time, tooth and tooth root loss usually mean that your jawbone will deteriorate. This can lead to a change in facial structure and a “sunken face” look that adds years to your appearance.
Dental implants actually stimulate the bone to produce new bone cells. Your jawbone will stay intact with implant dentures, unlike with conventional dentures. These dentures could help you avoid looking older than you really are!
Walk Out With New Teeth in One Appointment
After implant placement, your jaw traditionally needs to heal for several months before dentures or other replacement teeth can be attached to them.
However, you may be a good candidate for Dr. Karr to use smaller, less-invasive implants that need less bone to fuse with and require a shorter healing time. That means you could leave with new temporary dentures at the same appointment your implants are inserted!
Plus, we may be able to place your implants immediately after your remaining teeth are extracted. A new same-day smile could be waiting for you!