Not everything was better back in the “good old days.” Take dentures, for instance. Dentures have been around for generations and have certainly improved the lives of thousands of Royal Oak people who have lost many or all of their teeth.
However, conventional false teeth are no longer the best tooth replacement option. Traditional dentures can impede many important oral functions: chewing, tasting, swallowing, talking, and smiling.
You may know denture wearers who have stopped attending social activities because they are embarrassed by dentures that are far from inconspicuous. Some have even stopped eating their favorite foods because their dentures lessen their power to taste and/or chew.
Today, implant-anchored or implant-supported dentures have changed dentures forever. They are far superior than conventional dentures for many patients.
There are two types of implant anchored dentures; removable and permanent. No adhesive is necessary for either system. With the permanent type, screw retentions are anchored in the jaw to serve as attachment points for the denture. Permanent implant-supported dentures are very stable. In addition, they are usually less expensive than replacing each missing tooth with an implant. (The cost varies depending on the number of implants needed and other factors.)
Screw retentions require enough bone thickness to allow the implant to securely mesh with the existing bone. Unfortunately, some patients who have been missing teeth for a long period of time have experienced bone recession. For patients who lack the needed amount of bone, mini-implants may be an alternative.
Removable implant anchored dentures have a locator attachment which allows the wearer to snap the appliance in place. Some patients prefer this type because they can remove them at night for cleaning. Patients who have traded in their traditional dentures report that their implant anchored dentures have dramatically improved their life.
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