Dental Implants Compared to Dentures
Do you, or someone you know, wear dentures? Have you ever had issues with them clicking or wobbling when you talk? Have your dentures slipped, or even fallen out of your mouth, causing an embarrassing situation? Now may be the time to talk to Dr. Michael C. Huang about dental implant-supported dentures.
Dental implants provide a secure, stable alternative to conventional dentures, and when cared for properly can last a lifetime. The doctor can use implants to support a number of restorations, including dental crowns, bridges, and partial or full dentures.
Restorations supported by dental implants remain securely in their place, and do not wobble, slip or click when you talk. And because they attach securely to the implants, you will never have to worry about them falling out.
To find out if you qualify for dental implants, call our Covina, CA, dental office today at (626) 332-1014 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Huang.
What Makes Implant-Supported Dentures Different?
Wearers of traditional dentures can attest to the difficulties they present. Closed palate dentures that replace the teeth of the upper arch rely on the natural suction of the mouth to hold them in place. These appliances are prone to slippage, and the plastic base covering the palate causes many patients to experience a reduction in the taste of their food.
Open palate dentures for the upper arch and all lower arch dentures require special adhesives to stay in place. These adhesives can cause a mess, and after a period of time, the bond they create can weaken, allowing the dentures to become loose or fall out.
While doctors design traditional dentures to fit snugly against the patient’s gums, the bone underneath the gums receives no stimulation. When the bone in a patient’s jaw fails to receive stimulation, the body senses it and diverts calcium and other nutrients the bone needs away to other areas. This causes the jawbone to shrink, which leads to ill-fitting dentures and sunken cheeks.
Implant-supported dentures work differently. The dentures snap on and off of tiny titanium posts Dr. Huang surgically implants in the patient’s jawbone. The implants provide a sturdy anchor for the denture, reducing wobbling and slipping. Patients need not worry about messy adhesives or taste buds that don’t work.
The implants replace the roots of the patient’s teeth and provide stimulation to the jawbone, eliminating shrinkage and actually promoting bone growth, thus ensuring the patient will have a strong jawbone going forward.
Qualifying for Dental Implants
Before having dental implants placed, you will need to consult with Dr. Huang. He will review your medical and dental history, as well as any medications you currently take. The doctor will then perform a thorough examination of your mouth, focusing on the jawbone.
The density of your jawbone presents one of the most important factors in deciding whether or not your jaw can support dental implants. If the bone does not have enough density to support dental implants, you may need to undergo a bone graft or a sinus lift before you can have implants placed.
Gum tissue also plays an important role in deciding whether or not you are eligible for implants. Qualified candidates will have an adequate amount of gum tissue, free of disease, to aid in the healing of the implants.
Types of Implant-Supported Dentures
The most common type of implant-supported denture involves an abutment on each implant that snaps into an attachment on the denture. The implants hold the denture in place, preventing it from wobbling or slipping. You can easily remove the denture for cleaning, and to brush your cheeks and gums.
Gaining in popularity, bar-retained dentures consist of a metal bar connected to the implants that follows the curve of your jawbone. Rather than snapping directly onto the implants, the removable denture fits over the bar and securely attaches to it with clips.
While not removable, one other option has seen a rise in popularity. Doctors have found that the All-on-4® denture offers a solution for patients who may not qualify for traditional implant-supported dentures due to low bone density.
Four implants placed in the front of the jaw, where the bone is naturally denser, hold the denture in place. Rather than snapping the denture onto the implants, Dr. Huang permanently attaches it to them, and only a dentist can remove the denture. Many patients report that these feel more like natural teeth than any other denture.
Call Us Today
If your dentures have caused you embarrassment, and you want to experience the comfort and stability offered by implant-supported restorations, call our Covina, CA, dental office today at (626) 332-1014 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Huang.