After living with dentures for even a short while, you may begin to understand just how different they are from real teeth. You might begin to remember what life was like when you didn’t have to spend so much time thinking about your teeth. Although dentures are commonly used to replace missing teeth, there are certain areas where their performance may fall short, and that’s the moment when you’ll start to wonder whether there’s a better solution for your needs. It’s a moment that demands to be discussed with your oral surgeon.
A growing number of denture wearers are thinking about the advantages of dental implants and wondering how difficult it would be to transition from removable teeth to permanent teeth.
The good news is that replacing your dentures with dental implants is a reasonable and valid request. In fact, it’s a task that can be accomplished in a variety of ways to ensure that your individual needs are met. A set of dental implants can be permanently attached to a porcelain and metal bridge to replace an upper or lower denture. A bridge that has been designed in this manner is considered “fixed”, meaning that it is not removable, a characteristic that many denture wearers will welcome.
One or more implants can also be used to serve as attachments for a custom-made denture. A denture can be made to “snap” onto these implants for greater stability. This style of denture will to be taken out each day, but it will no longer need to be glued into place with denture adhesives.
The style of your new denture and the number of dental implants can be determined during your initial consultation. No matter which method is chosen, you can trust your implants and your smile to remain in place for a very long time. You’ll no longer be challenged by the bone deterioration that is associated with conventional dentures and you’ll wonder why you had not explored this option a long time ago.
It’s not too late to replace your dentures with dental implants. Just speak with either of our experienced oral surgeons today to learn how.