Friday, May 22, 2015

The Power of Dental Implants and Implant-Supported Dentures

Never underestimate the positive impact of a beautiful smile. A mouth full healthy teeth can boost your self-esteem, giving you greater confidence in your social and professional interactions. This is why Dr. Lawrence Thompson is so committed to finding effective ways to replace teeth, and one of the most effective treatments he’s found for badly damaged or missing teeth is dental implants.

If you’ve got numerous tooth problems, you might be putting off dental work, afraid that the only viable solution is traditional dentures. Fortunately, dental implants and implant-supported dentures offer sturdier and more comfortable alternatives.

Why Choose Dental Implants?
The drawbacks of traditional dentures involve the risk of slippage, which can hinder a person’s ability to eat certain foods and affect speech patterns. Dental implants solve this problem by securing the replacement tooth into the patient’s jaw with an artificial root.

Once the artificial root is secured, it serves as a base for a natural-looking crown that fits right in with the remaining teeth, restoring your smile in an attractive way. Dental implants function like real teeth, allowing you to eat and speak like normal.

What about Implant-Supported Dentures?
Implant-supported dentures are an effective solution if you need to replace many teeth. This process uses artificial tooth roots as a base to support partial or complete dentures. Dentures can be non-removable and secured to the implants with retaining screws. This is the most permanent solution and is great for people who don’t want to remove their dentures every day.

Dentures can also be removable, in which case the full or partial denture is hooked to the supporting implants in a way that is secure but not permanent. The dentures can be taken out and cleaned, but when they are in place, they are still supported strongly enough that they won’t move around.

Besides the convenience factor, dental implants help to preserve natural bone. Without a root in place, bone will recede over time, and traditional dentures do nothing to prevent this process from occurring. Implants, on the other hand, stimulate continued growth of the bone, helping patients to maintain the shape of their face.

Dr. Lawrence Thompson can diagnose your dental health to determine if you are a good candidate for implants. If you don’t have enough remaining healthy bone to support the implant, he can recommend alternative solutions, so contact our office today.

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