When patients think of restorations such as dental implants, they often think they only replace individual teeth. However, dental implants are incredibly versatile and can be used in other common situations. Not only can they be used to support one or both sides of a dental bridge to replace one or several teeth in a row, but they can be used as a unique treatment option for denture wearers. Dental implants may be placed along the dental arch to help in securing a fixed denture.
How traditional dentures work
To restore the ability to speak and eat without complications, patients need to replace teeth that are missing from disease, damage, or extraction. When several teeth are missing, the dentists at Drs of Smiles Gentle Family Dentistry in Mesa, AZ may recommend bridges or partial dentures. For those experiencing total tooth loss, a full set of dentures, or “full dentures,” may be recommended on one or both arches (top and bottom). These removable prosthetics are created to look like natural teeth and gum tissue when placed in the mouth. Traditional dentures are then held in place using natural suction or dental adhesives. Full dentures last approximately five to ten years, but with the use of dental implants, their longevity can be extended.
What are the benefits of dental implants with dentures?
With implant-retained dentures, patients can have several implants placed along the dental arch. The implants derive their strength from the surrounding bone of the jaw that holds them in place. When the denture is then affixed to the dental implants, it provides a sturdy, durable foundation for the placement and stabilization of the full denture. In addition, these implant-retained dentures maintain the bone of the jaw, unlike traditional dentures which can contribute to bone resorption. With the dental implants, patients can rest easy knowing their dentures will last even longer than expected and with the best functionality!
Ready to discuss your needs with our team?
Connect with Drs. Scott LeSueur, Charles Dodaro, and Glenn LeSueur of Drs of Smiles Gentle Family Dentistry today to schedule your appointment and discuss the benefits of implant-retained dentures. Our Mesa, AZ area practice is located at 1056 S. Val Vista Drive in Suite 1, and can be reached by phone at (480) 834-6991.