If you have lost several teeth to injury or decay, you know the physical and emotional toll that such a loss can take on a person. Dentures remain the most popular option for replacing one or both rows of teeth, but the technology that comes with dentures has improved greatly over the years. Dr. Nathaniel Podilsky offers implant-supported dentures at his Edmonton office - but what exactly are implant-supported dentures, and are they right for you?
The most common stereotype that we have of dentures is the mental image of dentures in a cup by the bedside every night, soaking in an effervescent mixture of Polident. At one time this was a common sight to see, but today’s dentures can be much different. Dental implant-supported dentures render the removable dentures of yesterday obsolete.
Unlike removable dentures, which rest on top of the gums and are usually held in place with denture adhesive, implant supported dentures are held in place by dental implants. These implants are affixed directly into the jaw by an oral surgeon.
Depending on a patient’s preferences and the state of his or her jaw, implant supported dentures may be removable for easy everyday cleaning or permanent for a sturdier and more lifelike feel.
There are several advantages to choosing implant-supported dentures. Compared to traditional dentures, implant-supported dentures are much more secure and stable - no need to worry about your dentures slipping during an embarrassing moment. Because the dental implants are rooted within the jaw, much like a natural tooth, implants also have the most natural look and feel. Only you and your cosmetic dentist need to know that your smile has been enhanced.
While dental implants are certainly desirable among most denture patients, not everyone is eligible for implant-supported dentures. Before you can plan to move forward with the procedure, your dentist must first assess your dental structure and approve you as a good candidate.
A good candidate for implant-supported dentures is any person in need of dentures who has a strong jawbone and healthy gums. The strong jaw and healthy gums are necessary due to the nature of dental implants, requiring surgery to implant the artificial tooth roots directly into the jawbone. If your jaw is not strong enough on its own, your dentist may recommend bone grafts to reinforce the structure of your jaw and make it more receptive to dental implants.
A good candidate for dental implants is also usually a non-smoker. This is because the smoke from a cigarette can irritate the delicate tissue around any oral surgery, making it more difficult to heal properly following the procedure. If you are a smoker, but are committed to giving up the habit during your healing process, be sure to convey this to your dentist and oral surgeon.
Whether you are missing one tooth or several teeth, gaps can leave gaping holes in your confidence and self-esteem. With their natural look and sturdy nature, however, implant-supported dentures can be just what you need to get that confidence back. Contact the office of Dr. Nathaniel Podilsky to schedule a consultation and learn more about implant-supported dentures today.