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 begins to deteriorate. The titanium posts replace some of the tooth roots, so the bone is preserved.
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