February 7, 2019
When any number of teeth are missing, it places you at a great disadvantage. Along with the aesthetics of your smile and self-esteem being compromised, it also becomes harder to do simple things like chew food and speak coherently. Thankfully, with dental implants and dentures, your dentist in Allen can replace your teeth and restore the quality of life you’ve been missing. Read on to learn how the two methods can be combined to deliver the absolute best results!
Dentures – The Traditional Way to Replace Teeth
The most common way to replace missing teeth is with traditional dentures. They consist of porcelain prosthetics that are affixed to a pink, resin base. The fixtures are held in place using dental adhesive and the natural suction created within the mouth.
The advantage of taking this route is the procedure is non-invasive, and it provides a way for patients who have suffered severe bone loss to still have their smile restored.
How the Dental Implant Procedure Works
Another option for replacing missing teeth is to have dental implants placed. Mimicking your teeth roots, they are titanium rods that are surgically inserted beneath the gum line and are affixed to your jawbone.
Over time, the implants fuse with the existing bone to form a sound and durable foundation. Then, after sufficient healing, a final restoration can be added to fully restore your smile to normal.
While both dentures and implants are excellent for replacing missing teeth, there is a procedure that combines the benefits of both to provide the most effective and visually-pleasing form of teeth replacement – implant-retained dentures.
Implant-Retained Dentures Explained
You get the best of both worlds when you choose implant-retained dentures. The porcelain prosthetics are crafted to look like natural teeth, but instead of resting on the gums, they will be securely anchored by dental implants.
This new union is made possible by two main features:
- Strategically-placed implants – While the insertion of dental implants requires surgery, the trauma is decreased significantly by them being strategically-placed, which limits the number of them needed.
- Special dentures with snaps – To accommodate the dental implants, special dentures are designed with either snaps or clasps that allow them to be attached to the implants. Thus, you won’t have to worry about them slipping or falling out.
Are You Eligible?
Before any work is done, you’ll first need to visit your dentist for a thorough examination. During the visit, the professional will perform a bone scan and take digital images to determine whether you’re a good candidate for implants or if traditional dentures are a better option.
To “get the ball rolling,” reach out to schedule a consultation today.
About the Author
Dr. Michael Ryan earned his dental degree from Baylor College of Dentistry. He then went on to complete a three-year program in Prosthodontics and to earn a Master of Science in Oral Biology. Dr. Ryan uses his vast educational background and years of experience to replace patients’ missing teeth with implant-retained dentures at Ryan Dental Group, and he can be reached for more information through his website.