Got dentures? The phrase “can’t live with them, can’t live without them” probably comes to mind. Dentures serve some very important functions, such as retaining your face shape after you lose teeth and making it possible to enjoy foods other than soup and pudding. At the same time, there are some pretty big disadvantages to using dentures to replace teeth:
- They sit on top of your gums, which can be uncomfortable.
- They don’t always stay in place, even with adhesive.
- They can negatively impact your appearance and your speech.
- With no stimulation from tooth roots, your jaw deteriorates over time. Because of this, you’ll need regular adjustments to the fit of your dentures.
Advantages of Dental Implant Dentures
Dental implant dentures offer several important advantages over traditional tooth replacements. Among them:
- Implants can be used to secure either partial dentures or full dentures.
- They give you choices, such as whether you want to be able to remove your new teeth yourself or get them permanently attached to implants so only a dentist can take them out.
- Because implants stimulate your jaw in a way similar to tooth roots, you’ll keep more bone density. You’ll that “sunken” look that can make you look older.
- You won’t need messy adhesives to keep them in place. And you won’t have to worry about embarrassing slippage
- You’ll be able to bite down with more force than with conventional dentures. So you can enjoy all of your favorite foods, like a crisp apple or a juicy steak.
In addition, you can get dental implant dentures in your upper jaw that leave your palate exposed. This allows you to better taste your food.
Different Kinds of Implant Dentures
Your teeth can be attached to implants in several different ways, all of which offer pros and cons. Our dentists are happy to walk you through all of the options to select the one that will work best for your smile. Among the factors they’ll consider:
- Whether you need full or partial dentures
- Whether your new teeth will be in the upper jaw or lower jaw
- Your bone quality, and overall oral health
- Your preference for removable teeth or for dentures that don’t need to be removed
You can get teeth that snap on to your implants with a ball-and-socket type attachment. You’ll still remove them for daily cleaning, much like conventional dentures. Another option is attaching a thin, custom-made support bar to the top of implants. Special clips are then used to attach dentures to the bar. Again, they are easy to remove for cleaning.
The final option is dentures that screw onto implants. While your dentist will remove them during your exams for cleaning and any needed maintenance, you’ll just brush and floss teeth as usual between visits.
Can I Get Dental Implant Dentures?
Depending on the type of dentures you want, you’ll need adequate bone density to support implants. But even if your jaw is too thin, you have options! Our dentists can perform a bone graft to strengthen your jaw.
You may also be eligible for an All-on-4®, a procedure in which we can attach a full arch of new teeth using only four implants. The key to this treatment is careful placement of the implants. Some of the implants are placed at an angle, to better leverage your existing bone structure. That’s not a problem for us since we use advanced technology like digital imaging to find the best possible place to insert implants.
The best way to determine if dental implants for full dentures are right for you is to visit our Neenah, WI dentist office. We make it easy to do so with hours as late as 9 p.m. on weeknights and even Friday and Saturday appointments. You can even download and complete our new patient forms before you come in to save time during your first visit. To make an appointment, call 920-221-7948.