Once again, you find yourself being the last one at the table who is still eating. You love meeting up with your family, but this part of the evening always makes you so feel self-conscious. The adults are discreetly checking their watches while the kids have already pulled out their phones. They are waiting on you. Unfortunately, you can’t eat any faster because of your unreliable dentures. You’re terrified that if you don’t chew slowly and gingerly, they could actually slip right out of your mouth! Have you ever found yourself in this kind of situation? If so, then dental implants on Long Island may be exactly what you need to finally get a set of teeth you can trust.
What Are Implant-Retained Dentures?
Implant-retained dentures actually look very similar to traditional removable ones, but what makes them special lies below the gum line.
Instead of being held in place using small metal clasps or sticky adhesive, implant-retained dentures are anchored directly to the jawbone using multiple implant posts. The dentures themselves simply snap onto attachments above the gum line.
Implant-Retained Dentures vs. Traditional Dentures
So how does this new kind of denture stack up against the one you already have in your mouth? Are there any benefits to having dentures secured with dental implants?
As it turns out, there are many:
- More Security: One of the biggest issues traditional denture wearers have to deal with is that they just can’t rely on the prosthetic to stay in place while speaking or eating, especially if it’s for the bottom teeth. With implant-retained dentures, because the teeth are connected to the jawbone using titanium posts, they are much, much less likely to slip, slide, pop, or click unexpectedly.
- More Consistency: Regular dentures typically lose their fit within a year or two because they don’t actually stop the bone loss that follows tooth loss. Conversely, dental implants actually support the jaw from within, stimulating the bone to keep it healthy and strong over time. The result is that implant-retained dentures are able to maintain their day one fit for years at a time.
- More Bite: Removable dentures typically restore about 20% of a patient’s original bite strength, causing many to have a severely restricted diet. However, implant-retained dentures have been shown to bring back about 70% of the bite force, enabling a person to enjoy a much more varied (and likely healthy) diet.
How Do You Get Implant-Retained Dentures?
If this sounds like the kind of solution your smile needs, beginning the process to get it is as simple as scheduling an appointment with your local implant dentist. During your initial consultation, they’ll look at your current dentures and give you a brief exam before letting you know if implant-retained dentures would be a good option for you. In some cases, a dentist can simply modify your current dentures to work with dental implants, but they can also provide you with a completely new custom-made prosthetic if needed.
If you’re tired of an uncomfortable and undependable denture that always makes you the last one at the table, an implant-retained denture can help give you the strong, reliable, and beautiful smile you deserve. After you get one, you’ll likely wish you’d done it sooner!
About the Author
Dr. Allan S. Mohr is a dental implant dentist with over 30 years of experience practicing in New York. At his practice, he uses his one-of-a kind expertise and an artistic touch to provide patients with optimal care that always gives them a reason to smile. If you’re ready to upgrade your troublesome dentures, he’s the man to help you do it, so contact him today for more information.