The main goal of dentures is your comfort, natural appearance, and normal function. Replacing missing teeth will help restore your smile and possibly even improve its look especially if you’ve lost your natural teeth due to disease or decay.
Tooth Replacement Options:
- Full upper and lower dentures
- Implant assisted denture
- Implant-supported denture
Replacing your teeth with a denture will aid your speech and eating but what about the health of your jaw bone? Once the teeth are no longer in place, the lack of stimulation over time will cause your jaw bone to deteriorate and resorb (gradually break down and shrink). This loss of bone mass will make the fit of your dentures loose and can make it difficult to speak and eat. Dentures are fully supported by your jawbone, if they become loose you will need to have them remade for a comfortable fit.
Proper denture care, repair, and refitting are essential to maintaining optimal oral health.
Implant Assisted or Implant-Supported Dentures
The advantages of this type of denture are more stability and comfort which allows for more natural biting, chewing and even smiling. The implants act as roots which will help preserve your jawbone. Implant retained dentures tend to move less under function and feel more like natural teeth. How many implants placed in your jaw is the difference between the two options. Healthy bone is required to place any type of implant. When considering an implant-retained denture there are other options to consider (mini-implants, traditional implants) depending on your bone health.
A consultation after a thorough examination of your mouth is the primary way to find your best option. Call for your free smile consultation today at 330-494-6305.