As we get older, it can become more difficult to practice good oral hygiene habits. This can lead to tooth loss in many older dental patients, which can lead to greater difficulties.
Patients lose teeth for a variety of reasons. Tooth decay and dental diseases are typically the most common reasons for extensive tooth loss, however, there are many reasons why teeth fall out. Regardless of how your teeth have fallen out, we can help restore your teeth with implant supported dentures.
Here at Pryor Family Dental, we specialize in dental implants, which can help keep your dentures in place better. Before you come get your implant supported dentures, though, let us fill you in on the benefits they can have on your life.
Getting implant supported dentures follows a similar procedure process as having dental implants placed. The only major difference is the abutments placed on the implants once they have bonded to the jaw bone. Rather than placing a false tooth atop the implant, either a ball-and-socket attachment or a bar retainer that snaps on to the dentures can be installed for a more secure fit.
Having dental implants installed, however, can be a time extensive process that requires multiple surgeries to place. First, holes must be drilled into your jaw bone to create a resting place for your dental implants. Once the implants have been installed, they will require a few months to bond to the jawbone through a process known as osseointegration. Once this is complete, your abutments can be placed and your implant supported dentures can be worn.
Benefits of Implant Supported Dentures
Implant supported dentures can have a plethora of advantages over traditional dentures, including the ability to have your teeth remain in place. Some other benefits of implant supported dentures are:
- Improved Appearance: Dentures can make it appear as though you have never lost a tooth. Implant supported dentures, however, takes it a step further and make it so you don’t even realize your teeth are missing by restoring functionality to your mouth.
- Improved Speech: Since implant supported dentures are able to clip into place, they are less prone to fall out while you’re talking. This makes it easier for you to talk without worrying about your teeth flying out of your mouth.
- Improved Self-Esteem: Many older patients with dentures feel self-conscious about their dentures, but implant supported dentures can improve your self-esteem since they look like real teeth. Additionally, since they can be fastened to your implants, you won’t have to be embarrassed about your teeth falling out.
- Improved Chewing Ability: By securing your denture to your mouth, your ability to chew is improved. Without teeth, chewing is virtually impossible, and while traditional dentures can improve your ability to do so, implant supported dentures are your best option.
If you are in need of implant supported dentures, or any of the other services we offer at our Van Buren, Missouri office, you can contact us here or call us at 573.323.4287 to schedule an appointment today.