Are you currently wearing traditional dentures? Do you find them to be uncomfortable? Do they slip or fall out while eating or speaking? If you said “yes,” you can consider yourself in the same category as millions of others who wear these custom-made prosthetics to replace their missing teeth. Unfortunately, the affordability that comes with regular dentures often results in frequent visits to the dentist’s office for relining, readjusting, and eventually, replacements. The good news is there is a superior alternative that allows you to still enjoy flexibility and permanence at the same time. Read on to learn how implant-retained dentures in Chaska can make a significant difference in the lifespan of your smile.
Reoccurring Problems for Denture-Wearers
One of the most inconvenient realizations for many denture-wearers is the need for dental adhesive. While your natural suction is meant to hold your prosthetic in place, it’s not always possible, which is why you’ve likely spent more than you originally anticipated on products to help keep your dentures firmly in place. Not to mention, these adhesives are often sticky and messy to use.
But it’s not just about the extra money spent on additional fixatives. Over time, your facial structure changes, causing your dentures to no longer fit properly. According to an article posted on Colgate.com titled, “Repair Poorly Fitting, Damaged or Broken False Teeth,” the jaw and gumline play a major role in how well your dentures fit over time. When the prosthetic become loose, “your dentist can fix the problem by relining, rebasing, or remaking the product entirely.” This costly venture may not be one you originally expected to incur; however, if your dentures are to fit comfortably, it is a necessary process nearly all denture-wearers face.
Achieving Positive Results with Implant-Retained Dentures
If these problems are taking a significant toll on your self-esteem and ability to enjoy time spent with family and friends, maybe it is time to consider an alternative solution – implant-retained dentures. Using titanium posts (implants) that mimic the natural tooth structure, your dentist can surgically insert them into your jawbone, allowing them to serve as anchors for your fabricated denture. Once fused with your bone and surrounding tissues, your dentist can secure a custom-made restoration to the tops of the implants, creating a more stable, functional, and longer-lasting denture.
Some of the clear advantages you can expect with implant-retained dentures include:
- Decreased risk for continued bone loss. While you may need a bone graft before receiving your implants, their ability to replicate the natural tooth root and provide continued stimulation to the jawbone will prevent further resorption over time.
- Improved functionality while performing regular daily tasks. You’ll never need to worry about dental adhesive again because your implants will look and feel just like normal teeth, allowing you to eat, chew, and speak with confidence.
- Natural in appearance. Oftentimes, ill-fitting traditional dentures can cause your face to sag or appear “caved in.” With those that are secured to implants, you can enjoy a fuller, more youthful appearance because they are secured firmly in place.
- An easy-to-clean solution. With implant-retained dentures, you can easily remove your prosthetics to clean them as well as your gums and implants. If you prefer, you can soak your denture in a special cleanser or glass of water overnight.
By combining dentures and dental implants, you can rest easier knowing the problems you incurred with your traditional prosthetics remain in the past. Now, you can enjoy a superior alternative that will give you a reason to smile for years to come.
About the Authors
Dr. Thomas Meschke attended the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. There he earned his Doctor of Dental Science degree, graduating in 1988. As one of the lead dentists at Chaska Dental Center, he and Dr. Aaron Swingdorf, who completed his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Minnesota in 2011, are committed to providing high-quality solutions to individuals with missing teeth. With implant-retained dentures, patients can experience a more permanent solution that provides longer-lasting, fully functional, and naturally formed smiles. If you are ready to say goodbye to your traditional dentures, contact us at (952) 448-4151 or visit our website.
We referenced the following sources to generate this particular blog article:
- Colgate.com article titled, “Repair Poorly Fitting, Damaged or Broken False Teeth.”
- Coeur d’Alene Dental Center article titled, “Benefits of Combining Dentures with Dental Implants.”