Picture this scene. You and that special someone in your life are out at a fancy new restaurant that just opened. You’ve been looking forward to this night for a long time. The hostess seats you at the perfect table in a corner of the dining area.
You pick up the menu to browse their offerings and as your eye scans the pages, much to your dismay, you find that soup is really the only item on it that you can eat. Your dentures have been giving you fits lately, severely limiting your food options. They won’t stay in place while you’re trying to eat, no matter how much adhesive you plaster onto them.
You try to hide your frustration, but inside you’re wishing you had freedom from your floppy dentures.
Well, we have some good news for you! Dental implants can eliminate your dentures problems. If you don’t know much about implants, you owe it to yourself to find out about them. They can literally change your life.
Understanding the Role of Dental Implants
Although dental implants have been around in one form or another for hundreds of years, it has just been in recent decades that their technology has grown by leaps and bounds. Modern implants as we know them were developed in the 1960s, and they have improved dramatically in the years since.
Today’s implants are small posts fashioned from medical-grade metal, usually titanium. The reason titanium is used is that it will fuse with your jawbone in a process called osseointegration. It will basically become one with the bone.
After Dr. Ellsworth inserts the implants into your jaw, they will require a period of healing before they are ready to support your dentures. It is during this healing process that the fusion takes place.
Get Ready For Dentures Like You’ve Never Had Before
Once your implants are fully fused with the bone, we can anchor a set of dentures to them. You’ll have a couple of different options for your new implant dentures.
Implant-retained dentures will fasten to your implants using a snap-and-ball system. Once they are popped into place, you won’t have to worry about them moving. The implants will provide a sturdy anchor to make your teeth stay put.
Remember that scene at the restaurant we imagined? That will be a thing of the past with your new dentures. You’ll be able to eat anything off the menu that you want. You’ll be done with having to pick and choose and settling for a bland, tasteless diet.
Go ahead and order that thick, juicy steak or hearty pork chops. Never again worry that your teeth will get stuck in an ear of corn-on-the-cob. Your quality of life will improve because your menu options will expand greatly.
As wonderful as implant-retained dentures are, there is yet an even better dentures option using dental implants. You can opt for implant-supported dentures for an even more secure and stable fit. These dentures will anchor to a sturdy bar that is fastened to your implants.
Rather than resting on your gums, this setup transfers all the forces of biting and chewing to your jawbone, just like your natural teeth do. When you take a bite of that steak, it will feel much closer to a natural bite than conventional dentures can allow. You can enjoy anything you want off the menu without fear of losing your teeth.
Plus, implant-supported dentures don’t need to be removed and cleaned each day. They’re designed to stay in place and only be removed by the dentist. All you have to do is brush every day like you normally would. They are as worry-free as your natural teeth are!
Improve Your Oral & Overall Health With Dental Implants
In addition, dental implants offer you another great reason for getting them. When you’re missing teeth, the jawbone in the area will start to deteriorate over time, potentially changing your facial structure and causing a “sunken-face” look.
Because implants serve as replacement tooth roots, they will actually stimulate your jawbone. They cause the bone to produce new bone cells, helping keep it healthy and strong. The result is that you’ll look younger, healthier, and more robust. Traditional dentures don’t offer you this benefit.
So, not only do implant dentures make it possible to eat anything you want again, they can also improve your oral health. Plus, easier chewing means more complete chewing, which can improve your digestion and help prevent stomach problems.