At Marineland Dental Care (in Kennewick, WA), we are big believers in second chances, especially when it comes to your teeth that have been lost due to injury, tooth decay, or disease (usually advanced periodontal disease, also known as periodontitis). We offer advanced dental implants to our patients who would like a “second chance” to take better care of their smiles.
Dental implants are incredibly effective: they look just like your natural teeth, and there is no compromise in performance. However, there are certain limitations on what dental implants can do, and who can receive them. Dental implants are ideal for replacing one or a few teeth, but what if you have a relatively large number of teeth that have been lost? Certainly you would like to take advantage of dental implants, but because you’re missing so many teeth, replacing them all with individual implants would be impractical.
Just because you’re missing multiple teeth doesn’t mean you have to live with it, nor should you have to take a lesser option if you’re in good enough oral and general health to receive dental implants. That’s why in addition to standard dental implants, we offer implant-supported dentures.
Aren’t Dentures Less Effective Than Dental Implants?
It’s true that conventional dentures (dentures which are not supported by dental implants) are less effective than dental implants in terms of performance (offering only 10% to 20% of your normal bite strength, which can change your life drastically), more noticeable and obvious to others, as well as requiring regular replacement when they become worn, or lose their fit. Loss of fit will happen to all dentures, and it can happen for a number of reasons having nothing to do with the dentures themselves. In fact, conventional dentures often lose their fit because the mouth of the person wearing them has undergone the changes in its shape. Poorly fitting conventional dentures are inconvenient and can lead to embarrassment when they slip out, or create an audible “clicking” sound when you move your mouth to speak. They can also be dangerous: all that moving and shifting of the dentures against your oral tissues and remaining teeth creates mouth sores that can easily be infected by bacteria, causing serious diseases.
So How Are Implant dentures Different?
Implant dentures, as the name implies, combines the best parts of dental implants with the best parts of dentures. Dentures are an ideal way to replace many teeth at the same time; instead of depending on your oral tissues and certain teeth to stay in place (through fit), four small mini dental implants support the entire denture.
Dental implants get their edge because they are embedded in your jawbone surgically, under the gums, and held fast by the bone; as part of the normal healing process, dental implants actually improve your jaw’s bone density and actually become more effective due to a process called osseointegration. Literally meaning “coming together with bone”, osseointegration causes your bone and your implant to actually fuse together, making them virtually indistinct from one another. For all intents and purposes, your implant is a part of you (as opposed to a dental bridge or conventional dentures, which are only on you).
Implant dentures avoid the embarrassing problems that conventional dentures cause, and the potential health risks they pose.
Can Anyone Get Dental Supported Implants?
Like standard dental implants, getting implant dentures is a surgical procedure. You must be able to tolerate general anesthesia, be an adult, and it is helpful if you are not a smoker (and if you are, you should quit; if it doesn’t prevent you from getting your implants, smoking will impair the healing process that is critical to the success of any dental implant). You must also be in good general health, and your oral health must be in good condition. This means you must have enough bone in your jaw to support the implants (although they are much smaller than standard-sized implants, you still must have sufficient bone density to ensure that are not likely to fail).
Are There Limitations To Implant dentures?
Implant dentures are much more effective at replacing your missing natural teeth in terms of your appearance and your ability to chew and speak normally. However, dentures can still be damaged if you eat foods that are too hard or too sticky.
Implant dentures also require the same maintenance as conventional dentures; they must be cleaned daily to eliminate harmful bacteria.
However, implant dentures are far superior to conventional dentures.
Missing Lots of Teeth and Not Sure What to Do?
Give us a call! Your dentist will assess the condition of your teeth to determine if you are a suitable candidate for dental implants, or if necessary (or possible), help you to understand the reparative procedures you need to have before your implants are placed.
Dial 509-591-0515 now to reach Marineland Dental Care’s front office to make an appointment, or book your visit now by clicking here to reach our online appointment form.