Implant Dentures: Restoring the Look & Function of Your Smile
Living with missing teeth can be difficult. It can make you feel insecure about smiling, and it can affect your ability to chew and speak correctly. You might have asked your dentist about dental implants, which are the gold standard in replacing teeth today. But if your jaw isn’t healthy enough to take a set of implants and crowns, and you don’t have enough remaining teeth to support a bridge, you’re most realistic option is a set of dentures.
Now, dentures aren’t bad. Today’s dentures are not your grandma’s. Molds and adhesives have improved so much that dentures can be really natural-looking and not prone to clicking or falling out when you’re talking or eating. Still, traditional dentures do need to be replaced every so often as your jaw continues to change, and when they stop fitting, it’s a pain.
Now there’s an alternative for people who need dentures but also want something more: dentures held in place by dental implant anchors.
What are Implant-Anchored Dentures?
This state-of-the-art denture technology is a hybrid of dental implants and full dentures. It’s a much more economical way of replacing a whole mouth of teeth. A full set of implants and implant crowns can be prohibitively expensive, but their health preservation benefits can’t be ignored. The good news is, implant-anchored dentures still give you some of the benefits of dental implants, like jaw bone retention and permanence.
It would take months to replace each tooth with an implant crown, and it would cost several thousand dollars. With implant-anchored dentures, 4 dental implants on the bottom jaw and 4 to 6 in the top jaw hold an entire set of dentures in place.
Implant dentures let patients get a new, permanent set of teeth without having to do a series of procedures. Instead, it’s just one! There is absolutely no chance of your new teeth clacking, becoming dislodged, or rubbing weirdly because they’ve stopped fitting. It’s the best of both worlds.
Who is Eligible for These Types of Dentures?
Every patient is different, and we do our best to find the optimal path towards fixing each one’s smile. Significantly more of our elderly patients are eligible for implant-anchored dentures than are eligible for a full set of dental implants and implant crowns, as your jaw doesn’t have to be at the same level of health. And do remember that another advantage of this type of denture is that your jaw deterioration will slow significantly because you still have several implants stabilizing and stimulating the bone tissue.
This type of denture allows you to bite with full force, eat whatever you want, not have to worry about cold or hot drinks affecting them, and you never have to remove them to clean them; you just continue the same dental care routine you would with natural teeth. Implant-anchored dentures also save a significant amount of time and money, making it a more realistic and affordable option than a full set of implant crowns for most people.
Beckham Square Family Dental: Comprehensive Implant & Denture Services for Cincinnati Patients
Our general and cosmetic dental practice, located just outside the community of Blue Ash, is committed to gentle dentistry that keeps your mouth healthy and your smile beautiful. There are several different options for dentures today, and our Cincinnati dentists are experienced at finding a denture solution tailored to each patient’s specific needs. If you think it’s time for dentures but are worried about choosing the right kind, ask us about partial dentures, full sets, or implant-anchored dentures. We’ll get your oral health back on track and have you back to living your best life in no time.