The Russian writer Leo Tolstoy once wrote “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”
I like to think that the same is true for smiles.
Every patient of mine eventually has an impeccably happy and healthy smile. But when they first came to see me, their smile was unhappy, to say the least, and so was the patient. And as those sad incidents are sad in their own unique ways, so are the needs which bring you to your Kennewick dentist. Accidents happen, and each one is different in its own way.
As a result, the types of treatments which will be necessary to make a sad smile happy will differ as well; it all depends upon the circumstances of your smile.
However, when you have lost all of your teeth, whether by disease or from a devastating oral injury, then the effect on your self-esteem and the health of you smile is the same as any other patient who is also missing their teeth. The circumstances which brought to that troublesome place might be different, but the lowering of confidence and the onset of gum disease or jaw bone atrophy are all too familiar to me.
Just as those painful outcomes are the same, there is a treatment option which I recommend to anyone who is in the same boat as you no matter what events brought you there, and that is a set of implant-retained dentures!
Dentures For A 21st Century Smile
If you’re reading this and you’ve been dealing with a toothless smile for any period of time, then it could very be due to the perception of dentures as more trouble than they’re worth, or that they are strictly for 90 year-olds.
That couldn’t be further from the truth. In recent years, dentists like me all over the country have seen a growing number of young people realizing that dentures are a great solution to their dental health care needs.
In my opinion, one of the biggest driving factors for dentures these days is combining them with a series of dental implants.
(If you are wondering what is a dental implant, then very simply put it is a small but amazingly strong titanium anchor that is placed into your gum line. That process is performed under anesthesia, so there is no need to worry about pain.)
A series of dental implants which are strategically placed throughout your mouth can then act as a “base” for a pair of custom-fitted composite or glistening porcelain dentures. This will allow you to have greater force behind your bite, just like natural teeth. That’s because the implants will correctly distribute the actual force of your bite evenly across your jaw.
And because they are firmly secured in place by the implants, you won’t have to worry about, say, losing your teeth in a battle with a particularly hostile ear of corn on the cob, or having them slip out of place when you’re hitting the gym or while enjoying a good joke.
As a result, implant-retained dentures don’t need those adhesive gels and powders, which can give off strange odors after sitting in your mouth after a while.
And speaking of odors, implant-retained dentures are a breeze to clean. With just the right amount of force applied on the correct part of your denture, you can simply “snap” them out of place so that you can thoroughly clean your gums before you prepare your dentures for their nightly soak.
There’s a lot to smile about with implant-retained dentures!
Are You A Candidate For Implant-Retained Dentures?
It’s an important question, with only one way to get an answer: You have to schedule an appointment with me so I can examine what’s going on in your smile to first determine if implant-retained dentures are your best bet for having a smile you can be proud of for a change.
Once that’s done, I will then have to determine if your jaws can support the implants themselves. As I mentioned earlier, one of the sad symptoms of missing so many teeth is that, over time, your jaw bones can atrophy because they aren’t being properly “exercised.” This happens when the normal chewing motions common to a set of natural teeth aren’t happening.
It’s important to find out because if you don’t have enough bone in your jaw, then the implants won’t have much to attach themselves to.
That’s why you need to make your appointment quickly, because the story of your smile is quickly coming to a tragic end.
To make your appointment, call me at 509-591-0515, or click here to request an appointment time online.
With the right circumstances, you can finally have a happy smile!