How you decide to replace your missing teeth is based on your unique dental situation as well as your lifestyle preferences. Patients with just a few missing teeth can take advantage of dental implants with crown restorations on top. However, those that have a full arch of missing teeth in the upper or lower jaw need to consider dentures as a more economical solution. When it comes to dentures, patients have two basic options: traditional removable dentures or implant-supported dentures.
Drawback of Traditional Dentures
Traditional dentures are not always easy to wear. They can slip while eating or talking and cause uncomfortable gum irritation. Loose dentures can affect your self-confidence and force you to choose less fiber-rich foods in your diet. Furthermore, removable dentures are not anchored to your jawbone, which will eventually cause bone loss over time as the dentures press down on the bony ridges that formerly supported the teeth. The good news is that there is a way to avoid these pitfalls and still have dentures.
Securing Your Denture with Dental Implants
By placing as few as two dental implants in the lower jaw to support a removable denture, it keeps it from becoming dislodged or loose. This also means that your dentures are connected to the titanium implant post, which acts as an artificial tooth root and properly stimulates your jaw and prevents bone loss.
If you already wear traditional dentures and want to obtain a more secure and confident tooth replacement option, it can typically be modified to become an implant-supported denture. At Village Dental, our dental team is skilled in implant dentistry, and we understand the unique needs that each patient faces when replacing missing teeth or upgrading their current tooth replacement method. Call our NYC dental clinic today to learn more.