Living without teeth presents multiple challenges – eating, biting, and speech are all affected by tooth loss along with premature facial aging, digestion and jaw bone loss.
Dentures are the most common means of addressing tooth loss. As great as they are, dentures are known for presenting their own set of problems. They can be ill-fitting, poorly customized, loose and painful. Thanks to technological advancements, it doesn’t have to be that way. With implant-supported dentures, patients enjoy not only a new smile, but also a new lease of life. The doctors at MarlerCampbell Dental Group recommend implant-supported dentures for qualified patients at their Escondido practice.
Dental implants support dentures by providing a stable base that is not only permanent, but also becomes part of the actual bone structure. This happens when the titanium posts used in implants fuses to existing bone through the process of osseointegration. The implants take the place of the natural root, and preserve the remaining bone and facial structure, reestablishing any lost lip and mouth support. Implant-supported dentures allows patients to assume their normal daily activities, diet, and oral hygiene routines. Mouth function is maintained, so foods can be fully enjoyed without bite and chewing interruptions created by ill-fitting dentures. Speech troubles disappear.
Patients can rely on the strength and durability of the materials used.
Supported or Retained – What’s the difference?
Over-dentures (implant retained dentures) are removable, which allows for thorough regular cleaning. Routing at-home care helps prevent a buildup of disease-causing bacteria and promotes good dental health. Because these dentures are removable, there are small gaps between the plate and your gums giving bacteria access to the gum line. Many patients prefer to use retained dentures knowing that they won’t have to go to the dentist to get their teeth clean.
Fixed dentures (implant supported dentures) function as regular teeth and can only be removed by the dentist for a complete cleaning. Patients who choose this option appreciate a more traditional brushing regimen. Because these dentures are more securely fastened, there is minimal gap for bacteria to enter and routine cleanings at the office maintain great oral health.
Dr. Marler and Dr. Campbell educate their patients so they are prepared to make the best informed decision. It is important to know all of your options before the treatment plan is created. Talk with your dentist to find out the pros and cons to each set of dentures. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, they are there to help you.
Contact the Marler Campbell Dental Group in Escondido today and ask about the advantages of implant-supported dentures. Dr. Kurt Marler and Dr. Jon Campbell are looking forward to giving you a better quality of life, and a healthier smile!