When a tooth is lost, it should be replaced. It is important to maintain proper dental health. A missing tooth will obviously change your appearance. However, your appearance is not the only thing that changes when you lose a tooth. A large number of things will be affected by the loss of a tooth. A missing tooth can affect your speech and your ability to chew food. Additionally it can cause unnatural pressure to the teeth surrounding the missing tooth. The added pressure can cause nerve and muscle pain. This in turn can cause severe headaches.
Each patient is different. Some patients will having issues eating food with lower dentures. Implant replacement may be the right option for those of you who are uncomfortable with standard lower dentures. There are several different options to accommodate your individual needs.
The first option you have is to get implants placed in your lower jaw. Four implants in total will allow enough stability to have a denture snap onto the implants. The denture will remain more secure with implants. It is important to note that the denture will still move. You will also have all of the same issues with sore spots because the dentures do move a little. This movement can cause friction against the gums and cause irritation. Food trapped under the dentures will still create issues just like with normal dentures.
The second option is called a bar attachment denture. This involves having four to six implants. Then we allow the implants to heal land then attach a bar to the implants. This bar is customized and individualized for your mouth. Retention clips are then used to allow your denture to attach to the bar. This option is one of the most stable denture options. Therefore there is less friction with the gums and less issues with food being trapped beneath the dentures. Despite the denture being stable, you will still be able to remove the denture.
The third option we will discuss is a permanent denture. The permanent denture is held in place by screws or clasps. You will still have about 5 implants as well. This combination between the implants and screws-clasps allow for the denture to be held in place much more securely than other denture types. You will not be able to remove this type of denture. Despite appearance, it does not rest against the gums. Therefore, you will be able to clean beneath the denture without having to remove it.
Upper dentures can have similar procedures done but will require more implants to secure the denture into place.
There are a large number of benefits to having dental implant style dentures. They are superior in every way to standard dentures. Call us to find out more or if you have any questions about dentures. Shuayb Dental looks forward to working with you.