Did you know anyone with dentures when you were younger? You may have found it amusing when their “teeth” fell out, or you may have felt afraid that your teeth might fall out, too.
You may have reached a point where dentures are already part of your life. Maybe you will need dentures in the near future. In either case, Desert Dentistry is here to help you.
Dentures have come a long way since you were younger. We now have new kinds of dentures that can restore your smile as well as more your ability to eat the foods that you love.
We have four dentist offices in the Phoenix, AZ, area. You can learn more about the different kinds of dentures at any of our locations. The first step is contacting us to schedule a consultation.
According to the American College of Prosthodontics, more than 35 million Americans are missing one or both rows of teeth. Every year, millions of people have dentures made to replace their missing teeth.
Dentures can seem great when you first get them. They are certainly better than having no teeth at all. A good set of dentures will be designed for your mouth so it will fit as well as possible. These dentures rest outside of your gums.
As you get used to your dentures, you will have a better idea what foods you can and can’t eat. Studies have shown that people with traditional dentures can get back about 25 percent of their original biting power.
The problem with dentures is that they don’t change, but your mouth will. Over time, your jawbone will continue to shrink. This will affect how your dentures fit, which is why you may notice your dentures come loose more frequently the longer that you have them.
Depending on your specific situation, you could need to replace your dentures every 3 to 10 years.
For some patients, this is still a good option, but traditional dentures are not the only choice you have if you come to Desert Dentistry.
Implant-Retained Or Implant-Supported Dentures
Earlier we mentioned that your jaw would continue to shrink with traditional dentures. The reason for that is because you no longer have roots pressing into your jawbone.
That pressure caused your jaw to grow new bone tissue. With each bite and chew, your roots were helping your jaw stay healthy and strong. Without teeth, you no longer have roots. So, your jawbone stopped getting the signals that it needed to make new tissue. Over time, this can cause your jaw to get smaller.
You can stop that with dental implants. These implants replace your missing roots. They also can be used to secure your dentures in place.
A series of dental implants can be embedded into your jaw. Together, these implants provide a foundation that holds your dentures securely in place.
Each implant has an abutment where dentures can be connected. If the implants have ball attachments, these are considered implant-retained dentures. In other cases, a bar is used to connect your dentures to your implants. These are implant-supported dentures.
In either case, you will enjoy the cosmetic benefits that you get with traditional dentures. Implant-retained and implant-supported dentures also do something else.
By connecting your dentures directly to your jaw, they are more stable and more secure. This means you can generate more power behind your bite, and that means you can eat almost anything that you want to eat.
Contact any of our Phoenix-area dentist offices to find out more about implant-retained or implant-supported dentures.
Same-Day Dentures With RealChoice
The long-term benefits of dentures with dental implants are clear. The primary drawback is you may have to wait months to get them.
You will need time to heal after your dental implants are placed in your jaw. You would be walking around for months before you are able to support a set of dentures.
At Desert Dentistry, you also have the option of our Same-Day Smile procedure. Using RealChoice™, you don’t have to wait for months to have replacement teeth. How is this possible?
RealChoice is a special dental implants placement procedure. It allows you to support a set of temporary dentures the same day that you get your implants. This way you will be able to begin enjoying some of the benefits of implant-supported dentures as you heal.
You will have a good idea how much better your bite can be by the time you are ready for your permanent dentures. To find out if you are a good candidate for RealChoice, make an appointment with one of our dentists soon.
Making Your Appointment
This could be your first step toward your new smile.