Implant-supported Dentures

Aug 27, 2013 @ 10:17 AM — by Lauren Shanard

Williston DenturesFor those who are missing one or more of their natural teeth, there is no method of tooth replacement that can match dental implants in terms of their strength, stability, or realistic feel and appearance. Dental implants are also among the most versatile treatments in all of dentistry; they can be used to replace single teeth, consecutive missing teeth, or even every tooth in the mouth.

At the cosmetic dentistry practice of Dr. Lauren Shanard, dental implants have helped to transform the lives of many patients, helping them to regain the freedom and control they had with their natural teeth. Among those who derive the greatest benefit from dental implants are patients who currently wear traditional dentures that are ill-fitting and uncomfortable. At our practice in Williston, dentures can be attached to dental implants to provide the most stable and secure replacement for missing teeth possible.

If you are a current denture wearer looking to improve your quality of life, or you are missing most or all of your natural teeth and want to restore your oral health, please contact Contemporary Dental Arts, P.C., today. Dr. Shanard would be pleased to explain your tooth restoration options, including implant-supported dentures, and to evaluate your candidacy for this life-altering treatment.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are tiny yet incredibly strong titanium posts that are surgically embedded in the jawbone, where they act as artificial tooth roots. Over the course of four to six months, the posts actually fuse with the bone, becoming a permanent part of the patient’s anatomy. Once this fusion - a process called “osseointegration” - is complete, custom-crafted restorations can be attached.

Advantages of Implant-supported Dentures

Implant-supported dentures offer a wealth of advantages over their removable counterparts, including:

  • They will not slip or shift out of place: Because they are secured by implants below the gum line, the dentures will remain perfectly in place, even when patients are biting and chewing.
  • They restore ease to basic functions: Missing teeth can make it difficult to bite, chew, and speak, problems that are often aggravated by ill-fitting traditional dentures. Implant-supported dentures eliminate such problems, allowing patients to eat, speak, laugh, and smile with renewed confidence and ease.
  • They help to prevent degradation of the jawbone and gums: When a natural tooth is lost, the body interprets this loss as a signal that the bone and periodontal tissues that once supported the tooth no longer serve an important function in the body. As a result, these structures begin to recede, causing a host of oral and overall health problems. By replacing teeth at the root, dental implants halt this process of degradation.
  • They look entirely natural: Rather than resting on the gums, implant-supported dentures attach beneath the gum line to promote a more natural appearance. Dr. Shanard custom-crafts dentures to the precise specifications of each individual patient, further ensuring the most natural-looking, aesthetically pleasing results possible.

Learn More about Implant-supported Dentures

If you would like to learn more about how you could benefit from implant-supported dentures, please call or email Contemporary Dental Arts, P.C., today.

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