Dentures have come a long way in the past couple centuries, since the first dentures were fashioned from human or animal teeth. Heck, dentures have come a long way since George Washington sported his set of false teeth, which were made of ivory, gold, and lead — not wood, as is popularly believed.
Today, even the stereotype of dentures as awkward sets of artificial teeth is outdated. Thanks to advances in restorative dentistry, the dental implant denture has become sort of the “gold standard” in removable dentures. They’re extremely secure and reliable because they harness the security of dental implants to anchor the prosthetic.
At Pickett Family Dental, we want to help you find the teeth replacement solution that is perfect for you and your busy lifestyle. You shouldn’t have to be slowed down by denture adhesives or uncertainty about the placement of your denture.
What Are Dental Implant Dentures?
To fully understand what dental implant dentures are, it’s helpful to understand the basics of dental implants. Dental implants are small posts made of titanium or other bio-compatible metal that replace the roots of missing teeth. When you have a dental implant placed, the prosthetic is placed into the bone socket where the natural tooth root once stood.
With time, your jaw bone actually fuses to the dental implant in a process called osseointegration, mimicking the way the jaw bone would hold a healthy tooth root in place. This is what allows dental implants to so securely anchor a dental restoration ,which replaces the visible part of your missing tooth or teeth.
Dental implants are often topped with a dental crown, since one artificial tooth root restored with a single-tooth prosthetic makes for an incredibly life-like replacement for a lost tooth. But dental implants can also anchor dental bridges if you’re missing a series of teeth in a row. Dental implants can even anchor removable upper and lower sets of artificial teeth as an alternative to traditional dentures.
How Do Dental Implant Dentures Work?
Dental implant dentures use a series of dental implants to support a removable upper or lower denture. At Pickett Family Dental, we offer two kinds of dental implant dentures: Implant-retained dentures:
- Your denture will snap into place using ball connectors on your dental implants.
- Implant-supported dentures: The denture fastens to a bar attached to your dental implants.
What Are The Advantages Of Dental Implant Dentures?
It’s true that traditional dentures are more natural-looking than ever before. Today, the framework portion of dentures is often made of acrylic resin that can be colored to look like the wearer’s natural gum color. The teeth are often made of resin or porcelain to ensure that they look and function like the real thing. Dentures today can also be meticulously crafted to the patient’s exact specifications to ensure a great fit.
Still, there’s a risk you run with traditional dentures. Since they’re usually held in place with adhesives, it’s possible your dentures will shift out of position or even slip out of your mouth when you cough, laugh, or speak.
Dental implant dentures are a practical solution to this problem. They eliminate the need for adhesives and give you the reassurance that your prosthetic will be positioned correctly and comfortably.
Many people find that dental implant dentures are preferable to treatments that anchor non-removable dental arches of artificial teeth to dental implants. Because dental implant dentures make the prosthetic easy to remove, the denture can be regularly cleaned. This can help prevent gum disease, bad breath, and other dental complications that can result from inadequate cleaning.
How Much Do Dental Implant Dentures Cost?
The cost of dental implant dentures varies from case to case, so it’s difficult to provide an estimate without an in-person consultation.
If you’re interested in dental implant dentures, give us a call! Dr. Pickett and Dr. Oser, with the help of our caring staff, will review your dental records and assess your individual situation. Then, we’ll discuss the different teeth replacement options available and answer any questions you may have. This will allow you to make the best decision for your dental health.
Improve Your Smile And Your Life With Dental Implant Dentures
If you’ve been struggling with a mouthful of missing or damaged teeth, or if you’re unhappy with the traditional dentures you’re currently using, Pickett Family Dental can help.
You’ll love the high-quality care you receive, and you’ll love the improved quality of life you’ll experience with dental implant dentures. Give us a call today at 817-431-5514, or fill out our online form to request an appointment.