Tooth loss is incredibly common in adults, and more common as you age. Although most adults have an average of 32 teeth, this number plummets to 25 between the ages of 35 and 49. As time goes on, teeth can be lost because of injuries, tooth decay, or even due to partial bridges putting pressure on healthy teeth, which is why most people only have around 22 natural teeth by the time they are ready to retire.
Fortunately, you don’t have to live without those missing teeth forever. Modern tooth replacement options like implant retained dentures can make your smile look as good as new.
What are Implant Retained Dentures?
Think of implant retained dentures as the perfect hybrid between dental implants and dentures. Implant retained dentures are made up of a partial plate that contains one or more false teeth, up to an entire arch. This plate is held in place by one or more Long Island dental implants, creating a stable tooth replacement that looks just like your natural smile. Implant retained dentures offer several benefits over other tooth replacement options, including:
If you are concerned about the natural teeth and bone that you have left, implant retained dentures are the way to go. Because implant retained dentures are supported by dental implants that are anchored in your natural jawbone tissue and not attached to your remaining teeth, they help to keep your natural teeth strong and stable.
Also, implant supported dentures help to fend off the bone loss that typically occurs after people lose teeth. Your teeth are held in place with strong ligaments that are attached to your jawbone. These ligaments allow your teeth to move slightly in their sockets whenever you use them. As you go about your normal daily activities, the ligaments that support your teeth pull against your jaw tissue ever so slightly, sparking healthy blood flow and keeping the bone tissue strong. Unfortunately, when teeth fall out, the jawbone no longer receives this stimulation, and it starts to melt away. This process occurs rapidly, with people losing as much as 25% of their jawbone width within the first year following tooth loss. However, dental implants and implant supported dentures help to fend off this bone loss, protecting your dental arches and your face shape.
Better Oral Care
In addition to protecting your existing bone tissue, implant retained dentures also make it much easier to take care of your teeth and mouth. Because these modern dentures don’t cover the roof of your mouth, debris can’t get stuck between the device and your hard palate, reducing bad breath and lowering your risk of infections.
Also, since implant retained dentures are removable, dental professionals can easily take out the device whenever you need for deep cleanings. Some versions of implant retained dentures can even be removed at home, giving patients the chance to brush and floss daily without worrying about cleaning between the tight contacts that surround the device.
Because of these benefits, patients with implant supported dentures enjoy healthier, more comfortable smiles—and they worry less about having bad breath.
Stability You Can Count On
Few things are more embarrassing than dentures that are prone to slipping or falling out altogether. In addition to affecting your self-confidence in social situations and making meals a chore, patients who wear traditional dentures can also struggle with unintentionally dropping and breaking expensive prosthetics.
However, implant retained dentures are designed to stay stable and strong—no matter how much a person talks, chews, or fiddles with their device. Designed to stay stable unless intentionally removed, implant retained dentures make it easy to go about your day without stressing about denture stability. This aspect also helps people to eat healthier, since implant retained dentures stay in place even when people enjoy crunchy fruits and vegetables.
A Natural Look
Another powerful benefit of implant supported dentures is that they look incredibly realistic. Unlike traditional dentures, which can look big and bulky, implant supported dentures are designed to look just as slim and streamlined as your natural gum tissue.
Dental technicians use molds and images of your mouth and any existing teeth to create implant supported denture plates, so that your new teeth blend in perfectly. The teeth can be designed to match natural tooth color, shape, and even surface characteristics so that nobody will know you have had dental work done unless you tell them.
If you’re worried about your dental implants showing through, you don’t need to be. The denture portion of implant retained dentures is designed to fit snugly against existing gum tissue, completely covering the implants that hold it in place.
Don’t keep living your life with a smile you aren’t proud of. Consider implant retained dentures to make eating, smiling, and talking easier each and every day. For more information about implant supported dentures, contact a periodontist or prosthodontist in your area. These professionals undergo additional years of training outside of dental school for dental implant placement and the creation of dental prosthetics. Consult an expert–and get the smile you dream of having.