Not everything was better back in the “good old days.” Take dentures, for instance. They’ve been around for hundreds of years – George Washington wore them – and have improved the lives of thousands of people in Marble Falls.
But they are far from ideal. Among their drawbacks, they can impede such vital functions as chewing, tasting, swallowing, talking, and smiling.
In fact, some denture wearers have stopped attending social activities because they are worried about unstable and conspicuous dentures. Some have even stopped eating their favorite foods because their dentures cut down their capacity to taste and/or chew.
Welcome to the twenty-five denture!
Implant-supported dentures are far superior to conventional dentures for many patients. Traditional dentures rest on the wearer’s gums. Implant-anchored dentures, however, snap on to implants in the patient’s jaw.
To be a viable candidate for implant-anchored dentures, the patient must have enough bone in the jaw to support the implants. Implant-anchored dentures are most often used for the lower jaw, which tends to have greater bone mass than the upper.
Unfortunately, some patients who have been missing teeth for a long period of time have experienced bone recession. For patients who lack the necessary amount of bone, mini-implants may be an alternative.
The benefits of implant-supported dentures include:
- Increased comfort
- Natural appearance
- Normal tooth function
- Improved durability
- Better bone retention
- Denture relines not necessary
- Minimal gum irritation
- No denture adhesive necessary
For more details about dental implants, call the Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls or Brady to schedule a consultation. The Ritchie Dental Group also provides general and family dentistry, including pediatric dentistry.