Did you know that approximately 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth while 40 million are missing all of their teeth? That’s a big number, but thankfully there are a variety of options out there to replace missing teeth. One of the most popular methods is dentures. They are a lifechanging solution for people who are missing most of or all of their teeth. However, there are still a few drawbacks to them. But what if you combined the benefits of dentures and implants to allow for additional benefits? Continue reading to learn for about implant-retained dentures in West Bloomfield and their advantages over traditional dentures.
What Are Implant-Retained Dentures?
Traditional dentures rest directly on the gums. On the other hand, implant-retained dentures are made stable because they are clipped or snapped onto dental implants which are surgically placed into the jawbone by your dentist. They remain securely in place and can be removed so you can thoroughly clean your mouth. The number of implants used depends on your unique needs, but usually it is anywhere from 4 to 8, or even 10.
What Are the Benefits of Implant-Retained Dentures?
Even though traditional dentures have their benefits, implant-retained dentures have much more. Here are just some of the many benefits:
- Prevents Bone Loss: When you lose your natural teeth, your bone will begin to be reabsorbed by your body because it is no longer being stimulated by the roots of your teeth. While dentures help fill out the structure of your face, they don’t do anything to preserve the integrity of the jaw. This is one of the reasons why dentures become ill-fitting over time. Implants will prevent the jawbone from shrinking, helping to keep it strong and healthy.
- Stability: When dentures aren’t fitting correctly, they will shift and slip around. Not only can this be uncomfortable, but some even find it embarrassing. This can make it difficult for you to eat and speak clearly without slurring or mumbling. Implant-retained dentures are anchored into place, so you will have a stable smile.
- Permanent: This is a permanent solution because the implants will fuse to your jawbone in a process called osseointegration. You won’t need to constantly have them repaired or replaced like traditional dentures or bridges.
- Affordable: Implant-retained dentures are more cost-effective than a mouth full of dental implants, but and you won’t need to spend more later on to have them resized or replaced. Your wallet will stay safe.
The truth is that dental implants in West Bloomfield combined with dentures can make a huge difference in your quality of life. You will have all of the perks of your traditional dentures and much more!
About the Author
Dr. Marc S. Globerman is an experienced dentist whose career began more than four decades ago. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Detroit School of Dentistry and is currently a member of the American Dental Association, Michigan Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry. He has focused much of his clinical attention on dental implants. For more information on implant retained dentures or to schedule a consultation, visit his website or call (248) 363-3304.