The Ins And Outs Of Traditional And Implant Dentures

the-ins-and-outs-of-traditional-and-implant-denturesDenture applications are typically reserved for individuals with multiple missing teeth. Dental extractions, due to poor oral hygiene can be responsible, or car and other accidents can be the culprits to blame. Regardless of why the patient’s smile is in this condition, replacing the missing teeth with dentures, restores oral functionality and aesthetic appeal. There are numerous other treatments available too, like bridges or implants, so consult with the dentist about which options will benefit you the most.

Comfortable fitting traditional dentures give wearers the ability eat their favorite foods, without worrying about pain and discomfort. However, a rocking device can result in lacerations or sore patches on the cheeks, tongue, and gums, along with broken and chipped natural teeth. Pastes and adhesive strips help hold the dentures in place, but they typically leave behind an undesirable aftertaste, with extensive amounts of goop pushing out from under the unit throughout the day. Choosing not to glue them in place can result in the denture slipping out of place, at a most inopportune time, like while talking or enjoying a meal with a friend. If you are experiencing any of these issues, don’t hesitate to contact our office to find a solution to the problem.

 

What Is An Implant Denture?

 

Once it is determined that a patient is a candidate for the procedure, sturdy titanium implants become screwed into the jawbone. This surgery sounds much more painful than it is, and many patients do not even have a recollection of the procedure at all. Each person is different, so recovery times vary, but typically within three to six months, the bone has fused adequately with the post. Impressions are then taken from your mouth, and a denture is constructed that connects to the four to six installed titanium pieces. The denture stays in place at all times, firmly attached to the solid foundation.

The facial features of traditional denture wearers may begin to change over time. When a tooth becomes extracted, the root is also removed from the socket. There is nothing left in the area to stimulate the bone or gums. These actions lead to receding gums and deteriorating jaw bones. Cheeks can appear sunken, while the reflection staring back at you in the mirror seems distorted. Both treatments give the patient a visually appealing smile, but implant dentures are becoming the method of choice. Not everyone is a candidate for the procedure, so contact our practice for a consultation to learn your denture and other cosmetic or restorative options.

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