If you wear conventional dentures, you know they are not an ideal solution for missing teeth. Now at Timothy G. Mahoney DDS in Wetaskiwin, there is a better way.
The problems with old-fashioned dentures include slipping, gum irritation, trouble eating and talking, bone loss, and inability to taste food due to a covered palate. Clearly, dentures do not feel and function like natural teeth.
The good news? Modern dental implant technology offers a better tooth restoration solution.
A dental implant is a titanium post that is placed in the jaw, where it fuses with the bone. One of these posts can support a single artificial tooth. Multiple posts can support a full dental arch.
In most cases, implant-supported dentures are made for the patient’s lower jaw, because the uppers are more stable and don’t need the extra support that implants provide. But implant-supported dentures can also be made for the upper and lower.
Implant-supported dentures have a number of advantages over traditional dentures:
- More stable. Because they are attached to titanium posts that have fused with the jaw, people have much greater biting and chewing power.
- Natural in appearance. They look more like natural teeth, and are easier to care for.
- Built to last. Because they are physically attached to the jaw, implants are long-lasting.
- Prevent bone recession. With traditional dentures, the bone around missing tooth roots begin to deteriorate. The titanium posts replace some of the tooth roots, so the bone is preserved.
Contact Timothy G. Mahoney DDS:
Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):