If you’ve worn dentures for a while, you’ve probably experienced dietary limitations, messy adhesive, and embarrassing slippage. If you’ll need teeth replacements soon, you might be worried about those things. Dental implant dentures may be a great option for you!
Call us at 919-246-5933 today to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists. We’ll determine whether implant dentures are right for your smile.
First, a Word About Dental Implants
A dental implant is a small titanium rod. We place it in your jaw, where it replaces the roots of missing teeth. Your bone fuses to the rod after it’s placed. That means it won’t go anywhere! It provides an extremely stable foundation for single replacement teeth (crowns), dental bridges, or dentures.
Dental implants typically have three parts:
- The implant itself
- A part called an abutment, which is attached to your implant and connects it to your restoration
- Your restoration
The Advantages of Dental Implant Dentures
Implant dentures offer many advantages. Among them:
- Versatility – They can be used for either partial dentures or full dentures. You can also choose dentures that you remove yourself for cleaning or dentures that stay attached to your implants and are removed only by a dentist.
- Stronger Jaw – Because dental implants stimulate your jawbone in a way similar to real tooth roots, you’ll retain more bone density in your jaw. You’ll look younger because you won’t get the sunken appearance that eventually results from wearing conventional dentures.
- Better Bite – Dental implant dentures give you a much stronger bite than conventional dentures. So you can enjoy all of your favorite foods.
Choose From Two Kinds of Implant Dentures
You can choose from two kinds of dental implant dentures:
- Fixed Implant-supported Denture – These dentures stay permanently in your mouth, attached directly to the top of your dental implants via a sturdy metal bar. You keep them clean just like other teeth, by brushing and flossing every day. If you need a more thorough cleaning, we’ll remove the dentures and take care of it.
- Removable Implant-stabilized Denture – Your dentures are secured to your implants with a system of balls and snaps. You’ll be able to remove your dentures for daily cleaning.
Are You a Candidate for Dental Implant Dentures?
So you’re interested in implant dentures but not sure if you’re a candidate? The best way to know for sure is to schedule a consultation with one of our implant dentists. You can likely receive implant dentures if your oral health, and overall health, are generally good.
There are a few possible complicating factors, most of which can be corrected:
- Smoking – If you’re looking for another reason to stop smoking, this is it! A smoking habit can hamper the healing process, as well as the long-term health of the gum and bone around your implant.
- Inadequate Bone Density – Your jaw must have enough bone to support an implant. If you don’t, we may be able to correct the issue with a bone graft.
- Untreated Oral Health Issues – We’ll need to treat any oral health issues such as gum disease or cavities before you can receive an implant.
- Medical Conditions – Certain health conditions may make it tough to get implants. Among them: blood clotting disorders, cancer, problems with the immune system, uncontrolled diabetes, and drug abuse.
If you’re interested in dental implant dentures in Chapel Hill, request a consultation at Meadowmont Dentistry by calling 919-246-5933 or today.