When faced with tooth loss, we have a few options to choose from for replacement. If enough teeth are lost at once or over time, dentures may be the most practical option. But many of us worry about ill-fitting dentures slipping in our mouths and falling out while talking or eating. There is another option for denture wearers that ensures dentures stay in place and perform like natural teeth. Implant dentures, or implant-supported dentures could be the right option for some patients. Rochester family dentist, Dr. Gilly Calcagno, explores implant-supported dentures in this post.
What are Implant-Supported Dentures?
Typical dentures sit on gums and are affixed with natural suction or denture adhesive. Implant-supported dentures are attached to implants to keep them in place. Since implant dentures snap directly onto implants anchored in the jaw, they won’t move or fall out. Implant-supported dentures are also easier to maintain than traditional dentures since they do not require messy, sticky adhesives. You can also sleep with implant-supported dentures. This option for replacing lost teeth can improve quality of life, self-esteem, and the ability to chew crunchy foods.
Dental implants anchored in the sockets of missing teeth stimulate the jaw and deter jawbone deterioration. Without natural teeth, the body believes that bone density in the jaw is no longer necessary. The phosphorus and calcium that was formerly directed to the jaw is sent elsewhere, so the jawbone loses density. It becomes fragile, shrunken, and unable to support a prosthetic. Cheeks and gums cave in, and a person’s appearance is dramatically altered. The distance between the nose and chin shrinks, as well. Dental implants preserve a youthful appearance by ensuring that jawbone tissue remains solid and intact.
Schedule an Appointment with Your Rochester Implant Dentist
If you need to replace missing teeth, speak with Dr. Calcagno. We can also discuss alternatives to traditional dentures with dental implants. Call (507) 281-3659 to make an appointment at our 55902 dentist office. We welcome patients from Rochester, Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, and surrounding areas.