Can Dental Implants Improve Dentures?

Do you multiple missing teeth, far more than can be addressed with a dental bridge? If so, you probably need dentures to restore your ability to eat and speak without difficulty. For a more secure alternative to traditional dental prosthetics, you may be able to secure the dentures with a series of dental implants. Can dental implants improve dentures?

Rochester, MN Implant Denture Quiz

  1. True or False: Tooth loss can affect your overall health.
  2. True or False: Dentures replace all of the teeth on one or both arches.
  3. True or False: Dental implants are surgically placed.
  4. True or False: Implant dentures are fixed in place.

Answer Key

  1. True. Losing your teeth alters your ability to eat, meaning you must consume primarily soft foods, which reduces your nutritional intake. In addition communicating can be problematic and you may feel self-conscious about interacting in social situations. Finally, losing your teeth means the body no longer supplies the jaw with calcium and phosphorus, allowing the bone tissue to dissolve and causing you to potentially take on a significantly older appearance.
  2. True. Traditional full prosthetics consists of new teeth in an acrylic base that looks like gum tissue. The prosthetic is held in place with natural suction or possible the assistance of an adhesive. They must be removed to be cleaned and require adjustment or placement every five to ten years.
  3. True. The implant process begins with a post surgically inserted into the jaw. Made from biocompatible titanium metal, the post is accepted as natural and bonds with the jawbone. In the process, this stops the deterioration of the bone tissue. For a prosthetic, six to eight posts will be inserted into each arch and the dentures will be snapped on.
  4. True. They do not require removal and in can last longer than a traditional prosthetic.

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Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry offer expert services including teeth whitening, Six Month Smiles, Invisalign, root canals, and CEREC crowns. To schedule a consultation, please call (507) 218-8936. Dr. Gilly Calcagno and Dr. Kara Heimer welcome and serve patients from Rochester, Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, Austin, and the surrounding communities.