Choosing a tooth replacement option that works for your smile and your lifestyle may be difficult for some patients if they are new to the area of restorative dentistry. While we have more ways than ever to help avoid completely tooth loss, it can still occur to some of our patients. With complete loss of the upper and/or lower arch of teeth, patients are impacted negatively in many ways. They will be unable to bite and chew, and speaking will be incredibly difficult. By working with Dr. Steven Holbrook of Albuquerque, NM, patients can find the difference between traditional dentures and the integration of dental implants.
Dental implants versus traditional dentures
Many patients are well aware of the function of traditional dentures. These acrylic restorations are made to incorporate false gum tissue and false teeth. The appliance is worn over the ridge of the gums to replace the arch of teeth. Some patients rely on natural suction to hold their dentures in place, while others use traditional denture adhesives that are available over-the-counter. However, patients who want a more sturdy, stronger solution may want to ask Dr. Steven Holbrook about the benefits of implant-supported dentures.
Implant-supported dentures have several benefits. The dental implants, made of titanium, are placed into the dental arch. Then, a special denture is made that includes just false teeth. It snaps into place with the dental implants, providing the best in strength and function. These dentures are held firmly in place with the dental implant foundation, ensuring patients can enjoy all their favorite foods, including steak! These dentures are also more natural in appearance, and give patients the confidence they need in social situations. Another benefit of implant-supported dentures is the maintenance of bone. Traditional dentures need to be adjusted or changed regularly because of bone loss that occurs alongside tooth loss. But dental implants, when placed during oral surgery, help stimulate bone growth through osseointegration. This bone growth eliminates the common appearance of a sunken-in jaw that occurs with conventional tooth loss and helps patients maintain a youthful look for many, many years to come!