July 10, 2015
We want our Belleville, IL patients to have healthy smiles for a lifetime. That begins with excellent dental care from childhood throughout life. Maintaining the health of your teeth and gums means that you will keep your natural teeth for your entire life! That’s our goal for all of our patients.
Unfortunately, not all patients begin caring for their teeth the way they should from an early age. The result is the loss of teeth. Over time, some patients will lose all of their teeth. About 25% of adults 65 years and older are living without any of their natural teeth. That’s a huge concern for us.
Dentures are not the best solution for patients. We will discuss more of that shortly. In order for dentures to really work, the patient has to be completely stubborn and focused on them, or we have to use something to support your dentures. In most cases, we are able to use dental implants to get the job done.
Let’s take a look at the problems with dentures and how we can help you find a better solution.
Dentures Alone are a Mess!
Dentures are such a hassle for patients. They are truly like walking around with a crutch for one of your legs. You don’t want to deal with these things unless you absolutely have to. Below are some of the most concerning things we think about when we think about living life with dentures.
Slippery – Unless dentures are fitted perfectly and adjusted often, they become slippery. They slide up and down your gums, which can cause pain and discomfort on your gums. It can also end in an embarrassing moment for you when your teeth slip out of your mouth!
Can’t Eat – Your natural teeth are strong and powerful. The bite force is incredible. Dentures cause you to lose about 85% of that bite force. Imagine trying to enjoy your favorite foods using 15% of your mouth’s former strength!
Bone Loss – We all want to maintain our youthful look for as long as possible. Dentures hinder that. When your teeth are gone, your bone begins to go as well. This is why denture wearers often have sunken cheeks and thinning lips. Dentures make you look old!
Don’t Suffer Any Longer!
The good news is that you don’t have to suffer any longer. We can help you with a denture solution that really works. This is nothing like those adhesives and gels that claim to give you back your bite strength. We are talking about a permanent, solid solution that will allow you to eat and enjoy life once again. We are talking about dental implants.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium post that we insert directly into your jaw bone. The implant fuses with your bone to create a solid foundation. We can attach a single crown or bridge to a single implant. We can also place a few implants around each arch to create a foundation for your dentures.
We will add fixtures to your dentures that allow you to snap your teeth directly onto your implants each morning and still be able to take them out each evening! We call them implant supported dentures, and they will absolutely change the way you are living.
Why Does it Work?
Implant supported dentures work for a few different reasons. First, the implants keep your dentures from sliding all around your mouth. Your teeth will be secure and won’t move as you speak, eat, and enjoy life.
The implants won’t give you back your full bite force, but they will greatly improve it! You will be able to eat the foods you love most, like fresh fruits, vegetables, and proteins. You’ll be able to chew comfortably and get the nutrition you need.
Finally, implants connect with your jaw bone, which keeps your jaw bone from losing mass. This will keep your mouth healthier, but it will also preserve your youthful profile so you can look years younger than all of your peers!
Your Dentures Can Be Successful with Dental Implants
Dentures on their own are a problem, but with the support of dental implants, you will find that dentures can be a success! You will have a replacement for your teeth, but you will still be able to live (for the most part) as if you still had your natural smile! The only thing better would be to still have your natural teeth!
Learn More Today!
Don’t wait another day to find out how dental implants can transform your life. Don’t settle for problem dentures. Contact us today to set up an appointment or consultation where we can discuss dental implants and how they might improve your denture situation. We can’t wait to hear from you very soon.