You used to look forward to every meal, but now a rumble in your stomach fills you with dread. Every bite is a battle when you have missing teeth. Instead of going out to lunch with friends, you’d rather sit at home and eat something soft and quick to get down. You’re too embarrassed to let your friends see you struggle with your food. But you’re getting lonely. You’re tired of missing out on stories and inside jokes. You’ve considered dentures, but your own parents went that route and they still labored over every plate of food and even had problems speaking.
Q: Dentures are better than no teeth, but what’s better than dentures?
A: Implant-supported dentures.
But what are implant-supported dentures?
First, let’s talk about traditional dentures and go over their pros and cons.
Dentures are made of acrylic resin gums and acrylic or porcelain replacement teeth shaped to look like natural teeth and gums. Dentures allow you to eat the hard-to-chew foods you’ve been avoiding for years. Dentures also rid your face of that old-apple look by doing the work your teeth once performed of filling out your face. They are removable and adhere to your mouth with saliva or a little bit of denture adhesive. Over the years, as your mouth changes, you might find yourself applying more and more adhesive to get a tight fit on your dentures. The better plan of action is to pay your Spring, TX dentist a visit to have your dentures relined or replaced.
Denture design has come a long way, and contemporary dentures are more lifelike than their predecessors. But look is only one part of the equation. There are still other issues that can occur with dentures. As mentioned, fit can be a common problem. A poor fit can cause irritation where the dentures meet the roof of your mouth and can speed up the rate of bone loss in your mouth.
So what about implant-supported dentures?
Maybe you weren’t a good candidate for individual dental implants with crowns but weren’t wowed by the prospect of dentures, either. So, Dr. Memmott may have suggested implant-supported dentures. Implant-supported dentures use at least two implants placed in your jaw to give your dentures a strong foothold in your mouth.
What are some of the benefits of implant-supported dentures?
Even when compared to conventional dentures, implant-supported dentures improve nutrition by allowing you to introduce a wider range of foods back into your diet without worrying that your dentures will come loose during chewing. You can start dining out with friends again — no more protein shakes in front of the TV on a Friday night. And because implant-supported dentures are more secure and comfortable, you won’t have any trouble holding up your end of the conversation either.
Implant-supported dentures don’t rely on suction or adhesives to stay in place — no more denture rub causing sore spots on the roof of your mouth. And the implants slow the pace of bone loss in your mouth and can even restore some bone mass, which is important as you age and want to retain your oral health and facial structure.
You care for implant-supported and traditional dentures in similar ways.
- Regularly clean to maintain your new teeth, per Dr. Memmott’s instructions.
- Handle with care and be careful when drinking extremely hot beverages.
- Visit your family dentist for regular checkups.
The first step to dining out again with friends is giving Texas Dental Group a call to set up your initial consultation. During your consultation, Dr. Memmott will conduct a dental exam and then explain your dental implant options to you and whether or not you’ll need a dental extraction first to remove any remaining teeth. If you’re a good candidate for implant-supported dentures, he’ll review the process for placing them with you and get your follow-up appointments scheduled.
You don’t have to sit life out because you’re ashamed of your missing teeth. To bring the joy back to eating and smiling, call us today at 832-791-1706.