When it’s time to replace missing teeth, there are a few options to consider. The tried-and-true denture option is the first thought that crosses our mind, the second being how terrible daily life is going to become when it comes to things like eating and speaking. The good thing is, there is an option that will relieve all your fears of slippage and embarrassing discomfort – implant dentures.
Implant supported dentures are a type of overdenture that is supported by implants inserted into your gums. Not only will this look extremely natural, but the support given will prevent slippage while you wear them. How does this happen? It has attachments that connect the denture to the implants. At night, remove and clean with ease.
In general, implant supported dentures are made for the lower jaw. Dentures for the upper jaw usually have enough suction to stay in place without needing implants. But if you are a patient that needs both sets, you may want to consider getting these dentures in both the upper and the lower jaws.
There are two types of implant dentures to consider – bar-retained dentures and ball-retained dentures. Bar-retained dentures includes placing a thin metal bar on an implant abutment. There are also other attachments that fit on the bar or the denture, while being held in place by clips.
On the other hand, ball-retained dentures have a ball and socket that hold the denture in place. Every implant in the patient’s jaw has a socket attached to it to align each of the balls on the denture.
Once placed, you are all set to go about your normal life. Eat and speak without worry – your new smile will not slip about, rub on the gums, or cause sore spots.
It’s been a process, but you finally have the smile you’ve always wanted, thanks to the help of your dental professional and some new dental implant prosthetics. Once you have your new dental implants in place, you want to make sure they are taken care of properly. To ensure that your new smile lasts as long as possible, here are a few simple suggestions for maintaining your implants:
Brush and floss twice a day. Just like your regular teeth, implants need to be cleaned and flossed to prevent food particles from invading your gums and implant structure. Special germicidal mouthwash and toothbrushes developed for dental implants are often prescribed to help reduce the risk of infection.
Regular dental visits. Regular dental visits are a part of normal dental hygiene. However, this is especially true for people with dental implants. Your implants will need thorough cleanings and plaque removal. Along with the cleaning, the condition of your gums, jaw and anchors will be checked.
Say no to staining. While dental implants are created to be durable and natural looking, dental implants can also stain the same as normal teeth. Steer clear of smoking, coffee, tea, sodas and wine. Not only are they bad habits to have in general, but they can also begin to stain your teeth sooner than you think.
You’re right – this does seem like the typical dental hygiene routine you’ve been doing. It is. Your dental implants are going to improve all aspects of your smile, but that doesn’t mean your entire world is flipped on its head. The better you take care of your smile, the better it will take care of you.
For more information about dental implant maintenance, call Dr. Ladani in Schnecksville, PA at 610-799-0600 or visit www.extraordinarysmiles.net.
Dr. Sandip Ladani proudly serve patients from Schnecksville and all surrounding areas.
Whether we like it or not, life happens. And sometimes that life leads to the loss of our teeth. Because our smile is so intricate to our daily lives, having any issues with it makes us feel self-conscious. We don’t smile as much, and we may develop issues speaking or eating that cause us to even step away from being social. Thankfully, this isn’t the end of your smile – it’s just time to call your dental professional for a consultation. Because, for many, the solution to this problem is dentures.
You may be thinking, ‘Am I doomed to keep my teeth in a
glass next to my bed for life?’ ‘What if my teeth fall out during a social
event?’ And a while back, you really wouldn’t have an option. Yes, those may be
instances you would likely face. But you don’t need to have those concerns now.
While there are removable dentures available, there are also fixed sets of
dentures available to alleviate those uncomfortable situations typically associated
with traditional dentures.
Not only that, but here at Extraordinary Smiles, we are pleased to offer our patients both partial and full denture options. Your particular case is exactly that. We are here to design your perfect smile, regardless of the issues you are facing. In fact, we offer lots of various options with your smile makeover to give you the brilliant smile you’ve always wanted, and no one will be any wiser that your smile isn’t natural.
If you feel like your smile’s flaws are causing you to shy away from living your best life, give us a call to set up a consultation. Together we can make the smile of your dreams a reality.