While quality dentures can be life-changing and enable someone who has suffered years of tooth loss, gum disease, and tooth decay to once again eat and smile, they aren't perfect. Dentures are not a permanent or problem-free solution to tooth loss as they are notoriously uncomfortable and have a habit of shifting out of place while eating and speaking.
Dentures have another important downside: they do nothing to stop bone loss that results from missing teeth. The only solution to prevent bone loss in the jaw is providing the bone with a replacement bone with a root that exerts the same pressure on the bone as natural teeth.
If you currently have dentures or your Bell Garden dentist has recommended dentures, there is another solution to the standard removable appliances: implant-secured dentures.
What Are Implant-Secured Dentures?
Dentures offer a permanent solution to restore a full, strong, natural-looking set of teeth that will not come out of place. Unlike standard dentures, which rest on the gums, implant-secured dentures are held in place with dental implants in the jaw bone. Implant-secured dentures can improve your sense of security, confidence, and comfort while also protecting the health of your jaw.
There are two styles of implant-supported dentures that can be installed: bar-retained and ball-retained dentures. Bar-retained dentures have a thin bar following the natural curve of the jaw that is attached to several implants in the jaw. Clips on the underside of the denture connect to the bar to hold the denture securely in place. Ball-retained dentures instead have sockets on the denture that fit onto a ball-shaped attachment on the implants.
The process of placing dental implants may be done when you are first fitted for dentures after healing from tooth extraction or after you have worn dentures for years. If you have a full set of dentures, this process will involve placing at least two dental implants in the bone for each arch and adjusting your dentures to install contact points that connect with the implants.
Advantages of Bell Garden Dental Implants
Implant-secured dentures are more expensive than dentures, but they are much more comfortable with several advantages. Here's how these two options compare.
- Stop and reverse bone loss. The jaw is one of the first places in which osteoporosis is detected and it's vulnerable to bone loss when there are teeth missing. Dental implants replace the tooth root in the jaw and exert enough pressure to prevent and even reverse bone loss. This can also help support surrounding healthy teeth if you have partial dentures.
- An end to denture-related problems. Implant-secured dentures put an end to unreliable adhesive wafers and pastes that still allow dentures to move and slip. Implant-supported dentures will not wear out and need to be replaced and they will not slip for worry-free laughing, smiling, eating, and speaking.
- Dental implants look and function like metal teeth. Caring for the implants is the same as caring for natural teeth: brush, floss, and visit your Bell Garden dentist regularly.
As a denture wearer, you likely face many challenges and struggles with your dentures. Implant-secured dentures can put an end to the insecurity and embarrassment of dentures so you can smile with confidence. Gage Dental Care has been providing quality dental care in the Huntington Park and Bell Garden areas for more than 20 years. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more about the benefits of Bell Garden dental implants and how implant-secured dentures can change your life.