Imagine you’re about to run in a track and field event, but instead of wearing running shoes, you’re wearing flip-flops.
You’re not going to get very far because your feet and toes will be clacking and flopping around. Running shoes are designed to keep your feet stable and to help you get a better grip on the track.
Wearing a denture without implants is similar to wearing flip flops during a race. Without the implants, you have to use your tongue and cheeks to hold your dentures in, resulting in sore and tired facial muscles.
When you wear your denture with implants, it’s like wearing Olympic level running shoes. Just like a good pair of sneakers, implants keep your denture stable so that you can eat the foods you enjoy. Say goodbye to teeth that move around with the help of dental implants.
How do dental implants work?
It begins with a titanium piece of metal that is inserted into your jaw bone with the head sticking a few millimetres out of your gum. The denture has an attachment that locks into the head of the implant that is sticking out of your jaw. The two pieces snap into place, making the denture very stable.
Even though they are “permanently” attached to the implants for the highest level of security, the denture can be removed by your dentist if necessary.
What are the different types of dental implants?
There are two main types used with dentures.
The most stable is called a root-formed implant. This type includes an implant that is close to the same diameter as the original tooth that used to be in that position. These are the most stable and also very complex. Because this procedure involves a surgery that is usually done by a specialist, these implants are going to leave the biggest dent in your wallet.
Mini implants are the more affordable alternative. These mini titanium posts are usually restricted to your lower jaw where the bone is dense. This is a surgical procedure that can be done while you’re sedated if you are nervous. When done correctly, mini implants have very high success rates.
Why are dental implants so important?
Your upper jaw is part of the skull, meaning it doesn’t move. Your lower jaw, on the other hand, moves and it also has muscles and a tongue to deal with. It’s constantly moving and fighting to stay in place when you talk, eat, swallow, yawn, or do anything else to move your mouth. This is why upper dentures give patients fewer problems than lower dentures.
The combination of properly made implants and a carefully constructed denture allows the denture to snap in place and stay there, making it very beneficial for the patient. In some cases, a lower denture held in place with implants can be so stable that the best option for a patient missing all of their upper teeth is the same treatment in the top jaw. This provides the same stability as having your original teeth when they were present and healthy.
Why can’t I find a dentist to fit me for dentures?
Only a small percentage of dentists like to do dentures.
Most of them avoid the procedure because they aren’t always predictable, with or without implants, and dentists as a whole thrive on predictability. In order for them to be done properly, it takes time, skill, and judgement on the part of the dentist, which often leads to a hefty bill for the patients.
If you are looking for a dentist who will always act in your best interests, reach out to Dr. Andrea Stevens