Give Your Dentures Some Support

Dental implantsDental implants are an awesome development in dental care. They provide the strongest, most natural option for replacing a missing tooth or teeth. But implants can also be used to anchor dentures, providing increased stability and reducing the need for bulky framework on the dentures. Dr. Miller provides both individual implants, and implant-supported dentures.

Why would a person opt for dentures instead of implants?

Implants are so good that a person may wonder why dentures even exist any longer? There are really two reasons — the cost of replacing a number of teeth with individual dental implants is too expensive for the patient, or the patient has lost some of his or her bone mass because of their missing teeth and the bone is now not thick enough everywhere to anchor implants. In those cases, implants are placed where there is enough bone.

What are implant-supported dentures?

Without support, traditional dentures can be problematic for some patients. Because they are sitting atop the gums, they can slip when eating or talking. This can make a person self-conscious about their dentures, even to the extent of keeping their mouth closed as much as possible when talking.

But when Dr. Miller anchors those dentures onto implants everything changes. In these cases, the dentures are anchored by dental implants. The dentures can be removed for cleaning and at night, but otherwise are fully anchored. Removable dentures can be placed on two, three, or more dental implants. As you would expect, the higher number of implants the better. Implant-supported dentures are more commonly used in the lower jaw where it can be more difficult to fit traditional dentures.

How are implants placed?

Dental implants are named for the bottom portion of the prosthetic. Made of titanium, the implant is shaped like a screw and is basically screwed down into the jawbone in the hole formerly occupied by the tooth root. Then over a period of weeks the jawbone grows around the implant, totally incorporating it into the bone. A post is then placed onto the implant and a false tooth atop that.

If you’re missing some teeth, but wonder if you can afford implants, call Dr. Miller at 503-640-9310 and let’s talk about implant-supported dentures.

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