Perhaps you have heard or seen the Eagle River dental industry’s advertising about dental implants. Most Anchorage dentists claim that dental implant dentures can change your life. Does this sound like hype? Exaggeration? The truth is that dental implants can improve virtually every aspect of your dentures.
Consider the advantages of implant anchored dentures:
- You will be able to chew better
- Dentures are stable because the implant is anchored in the bone.
- Your denture is fixed, so it will not move around in your mouth.
- No denture adhesive is required.
- More attractive because they stay in place
- They do not irritate gums.
- Implants prevent bone loss from lost teeth.
- They eliminate the necessity of regular denture relines.
- Implant dentures are easy to maintain.
Let’s look at the facts about dental implant anchored dentures:
An oral implant denture can restore up to 95 percent of normal chewing function. How important is chewing? Can you chew easily with your current full or partial denture? Can you bite apples? When was the last time you ate a raw carrot?
Fit and Stability
Implant anchored dentures stay in place. An implant denture doesn’t slide around in your mouth and cause sores. Anchorage implant denture wearers who exercise regularly especially appreciate this benefit. And everyone appreciates that they don’t have to use denture adhesive.
How does your smile look? Can you smile confidently? How many Southern Alaska denture wearers love their smile? Implant anchored dentures look like natural teeth. They don’t move when you smile, eat, talk, bike, swim, dance, golf, ski; you get the idea.
Avoid Sore Gums
Your gums shouldn’t be supporting the pressure from biting and chewing. That’s what your bone is for. But traditional dentures rest on your gums, which puts the pressure of biting and chewing where it doesn’t belong. Implant dentures eliminate two causes of sore gums: denture sliding and putting the pressure of biting and chewing on gums. Dental implants stabilize dentures and can put the pressure of biting and chewing back onto your bones.
When teeth are extracted, bone recession can occur over time (in fact, this happens in almost every case). Because a titanium implant is an artificial ‘tooth root’ inserted into your jaw bone, your bone has a better chance of staying healthy. If there are no other adverse conditions present, your jaw bone should remain strong and dense, just as if the original tooth root were there.
No Need for Frequent Relines
Traditional dentures need to be relined (refitted) frequently, about once every six months, sometimes even more. That’s because as the body removes bone from the jaw, the fit of dentures can change. But when we prevent bone loss with dental implants, the fit of your dentures doesn’t change. Instead of six months, you may only need your implant dentures relined every 8 years or so.
Traditional dentures are a nuisance to maintain. You have to take them out every night to soak. And because they slide around in your mouth when you eat, they can get food particles under them, which means you might have to clean them after every meal if you want to avoid bad breath.
But implant dentures maintain a tight seal and don’t move, so they can keep food from getting underneath the denture. This means that implant dentures only need the same care as natural teeth: floss every day, brush twice a day, and make regular dental visits.
Live a Better Life with Dental Implants
If you hate your dentures and live in Anchorage or Southern Alaska, why don’t you come in for a restorative dentistry consultation about dental implants? We can discuss all the particulars including procedure specifics, healing time and dental implant cost. Then you can decide for yourself if Implant dentures will, as promised, change your life. We offer conscious sedation for anxious patients.