Do you have dentures? Are you tired of worrying about whether they’ll slip? Tired of the sticky adhesive you have to use to try to hold them in place? Tired of never eating the foods you love? Evansville dentist Dr. Glen Norton offers dentures without any of these drawbacks – implant supported dentures! Many people have never even heard of implant retained dentures, and when they discover them, they have a few questions. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions to help you decide if implant retained dentures are right for you.
Am I a good candidate for implant retained dentures?
dissatisfied with loose, uncomfortable dentures?
tired of the difficulties associated with eating?
longing to speak and laugh with confidence?
tired of using adhesives to secure your dentures?
Then you are probably a good candidate for these special dentures.
What’s the big difference between implant retained dentures and traditional dentures?
Traditional dentures sit directly on your gums and are usually held in place with some type of denture adhesive. They can feel loose or slip and pinch, and discomfort is one of the primary complaints patients have about traditional dentures. Implant retained dentures snap on to implant posts so they do not need adhesives and you can eat almost anything you want without fear of slippage.
What are implants and how do they retain my dentures?
Implants are Titanium posts surgically placed into your jawbone. Most patients experience very little discomfort from the procedure, and as the body heals, it integrates the posts as if they were replacement tooth roots. This creates a base for your implant dentures. The dentures are then affixed to the posts for a stable and comfortable smile.
Are implant retained dentures healthy?
Titanium is uniquely biocompatible. Because of this, it actually fuses with your bone in a process called “osseointegration.” Bone is living and must be stimulated to remain intact, and placing Titanium implants tricks your bone into performing as if your teeth and roots were still there, stimulating it and keeping it from resorbing. This means that you will not experience the aging facial collapse or TMJ difficulties so common in denture wearers.
What can I expect from my implant retained dentures?
Most patients experience a new feeling of freedom and confidence with their implant dentures. They are also much more comfortable wearing the dentures for extended periods of time and eating more of the foods they enjoy, because the implant is held in place by the posts and will not abrade the gum tissue or come loose during chewing.
If you are interested in learning more about these innovative dentures, please call Dr. Glenn Norton at his Evansville dental office today.