Dentures are a funny thing. Many people still look at them the way they were in the 1960's. You take them out at night, stick them in a cup of some solution to clean them and are toothless the rest of the time. As years went on the technology of dentures improved, but still you could see people that you just knew had them.
They talked funny or their teeth moved. You may also have been wary of simply getting them. You have seen co-workers who had to get all of their teeth pulled and came to work toothless for weeks until the extractions healed. You didn't want that to be you.
Then Came Dental Implants
But technology marches on and dental implants were invented. These have a core that is drilled into your jawbone that holds a tooth. In the case of dentures, the screw holds the denture instead. Depending on whether you need a full or partial denture will determine on the number of implants you need to support the denture. The good part about it is that if you go this route you will have dentures that are stable and do not have to be removed nightly for cleaning.
Is Everyone Eligible? If you want dental implant dentures, we will evaluate you for the procedure. If you have bone loss in your jaw, you may need a bone graft to support the implant. Certain medical conditions could make you ineligible for an implant supported denture. For the most part implant supported dentures are not a problem.
The advantages are that they ensure that your dentures are stable and won't shift around like regular dentures can, particularly if they are not fitted correctly or your law line changes over time. The main disadvantage is they are more costly than regular dentures.
If you would like an evaluation or further information, please contact us. We are happy to help with your decision.