What A Difference Dental Implants Can Make
- January 26, 2016
Do you know someone who is missing a whole arch of teeth? Does that person have dentures?
Is that person you?
An estimated 12 million Americans are missing one arch of teeth and another 23 million are missing all of their teeth, according to the American College of Prosthodontists. Among people who don’t have teeth, about 90 percent have dentures.
If you are someone who has dentures, is thinking about getting them, or anticipates needing them in the future, we encourage you to consider another option to replace your missing teeth.
Dental implants will do more than traditional dentures ever could. We’ll get into the details in a moment, but for now, know that Gentle Dental Care in Plainville will be ready to help, whatever you decide.
Knowing The Difference
Traditional dentures rest on your gums. They may be held in place by an adhesive, which is OK, but it’s not like your dentures are secured by some kind of super glue. (By the way, please don’t try that. It’s a bad idea for a number of reasons.)
Implant-retained or implant-supported dentures are secure, stable, and strong. We can’t make your natural teeth regrow, but implant-secured dentures might be the next best thing.
Why are we so confident that you will love dental implants? We’ll explain with some examples.
Situation #1 — Going Out To Eat
You and your spouse have decided to try the new restaurant that just opened in your neighborhood. When you are seated, you start to look over the menu, and you see all your favorites.
Steak, corn on the cob, carrots and butter …
The waitress brings a basket of warm, crusty bread. It smells delicious.
But now you are starting to worry, too. Are you dentures going to come loose if you try to take a bite?
You start reconsidering your options. They have chicken and dumplings. They have mashed potatoes. You can probably have some of the bread if you just avoid the crust.
If you had implant-secured dentures, you wouldn’t have to think twice about any of your food choices. You could get the steak. You could bite into the corn on the cob.
On the way home, you might pick up a bag of those hard candies that you like, too.
Situation #2 — Visiting Your Friends
It’s always a good time when you get together with good people, like that couple you have known since your school days. Every time you hang out with them, you eat well, and you always share stories that make you laugh.
Since you’ve gotten your dentures, some of the stories have been funny for the wrong reasons. Certain words just sound strange when you try to say them. Other times, your dentures seem to just pop out in the middle of a sentence or when you start to laugh.
Your friends have gotten used to it, but it still bothers you, especially when this happens in public places.
With implant-secured dentures, you could speak with confidence, knowing everything would stay in place. You can tell that story from your honeymoon (again), and it will be just as funny as it was the first time you shared it … even if you don’t lose your teeth.
How Do Implants Make A Difference?
Unlike your adhesive-secured dentures, dental implants are placed directly into your jawbone. As the bone heals itself after your procedure, it bonds to your implants just like it did with the roots of your natural teeth.
This means that you can be confident that your dental implants will remain firmly in place. It also means your bite force will be comparable to what it was when you had all your teeth.
You really can bite into anything — corn on the cob, candy apples, and crunchy cookies — without any concern that your implant-secured dentures will come loose. It also means you can chew steak and chicken without fear that it will be too tough. You can even enjoy caramels and taffy without any worrying about your implants coming loose on those sticky treats.
With our All-on-4 and All-on-6 implants, we place either four or six dental implants in strategic locations in your jaw. This gives you the maximum support for your dentures.
Your dentures can be held in place with either a bar that attached to the implants or balls-and-sockets that snap onto the implants. Either way, you will have more support and security than you will ever could with adhesive dentures.
How You Can Get Implants
Start by calling Gentle Dental Care in Plainville. Our dentist, Dr. Peltzer, will examine your mouth to see if you are a good candidate for implants. If so, he’ll talk to you about how you can get the best results from those implants.
To make an appointment, fill out our online form or call us at 860-479-2397.