As far as dentures go, whether it's partial dentures or full dentures, dentures are a last course of action as far as I'm concerned. I never jump to, 'Well, it's time for you to have dentures', if I can avoid that. These days we can take a denture that may not work or may have been just floating around for somebody because they didn't have very much bone. With a couple of implants placed, we can snap a denture right on top of those implants and it snaps in place. Instead of floating around, now it's semi-fixed and you don't have to worry about when you smile or when you cough or something is that going to come loose or is that going to go somewhere it's not supposed to go or those embarrassing moments, what you can eat and what you can't eat.
Dentures have changed also. You can also get dentures without any support of services either, just dentures by themselves. They work okay but there's so many other options to go with. If I can keep away from dentures, I try and keep away from dentures. If I have to do like a halfway case where maybe some parts or maybe save some good teeth in order to hang on to good teeth rather than go for a full denture, I'd rather do that. It depends on the case. Some people, my mom had them, my grandpa had them, that's what I want, okay we can do that if that's the case. Generally speaking, people want to keep their teeth and they like chewing the food. They like chewing all foods not just some. We try and stay away from that option if we can. If we can't, there's dentures with other possibilities.
Think you know about dentures? If your knowledge is based on your dad’s denture, you may be surprised to find you have many more choices than conventional denture for replacing your lost teeth. One option is denture that securely attach to dental implants so they do not shift or slip in your mouth.
Spokane Valley, WA dentist Dr. Craig Ellsworth offers a variety of dentures options like with dental implants. Of course, we also offer traditional denture, as some people still find them to be their best choice for tooth replacement. Call us in Spokane Valley, WA at 509-850-3217 to find out about all of your latest denture options.
Benefits of Implant Denture
Conventional dentures are held in your mouth by suction and adhesives. A big advantage of using dental implants with denture is that they won’t slip around, which can sometimes make it difficult to speak or eat. Most people find denture with implants look and feel more secure.
- Implant denture helps you retain your natural face shape and avoid the sunken-looking cheeks that can result from long-term wear of conventional dentures
- Implant denture stimulates your jawbone in a way similar to your natural teeth, which helps maintain better bone quality
Implant Denture Options
You have different options for how your denture is attached to dental implants and how many implants are used to support your dentures. Spokane Valley, WA dentist Dr. Craig Ellsworth can explain all the alternatives and help you determine which one works best for you.
Your two primary implant dentures choices are:
- Implant-supported. With this method, your denture is secured in place by dental implants. This can be done in a way that enables you to remove the denture or in a way where they are permanently attached to your implants.
- Implant-retained. With this method, your denture snaps on to dental implants with ball attachments. They can be removed for cleaning but won’t fall out when you eat or speak.
Dentures have come a long way. Call Spokane Valley, WA dentist Dr. Craig Ellsworth at 509-850-3217 to find out just how far. You’ll be surprised at the number of choices! Or make an appointment using our online form.