Pasadena, Deer Park Texas: Dental Implant Dentures
Traditional (outdated) dentures have been around forever. The Etruscans of Northern Italy made dentures out of human and animal teeth in 700 BC. As early as 1538, the Japanese were making dentures out of wood. The first porcelain dentures were made in 1770 in Britain. These all used the same principle of fake teeth resting on gum tissue. Patients deserve the most advanced denture solutions, not old outdated techniques.
The problems with traditional (outdated) dentures include:
- Traditional dentures do not preserve bone levels
- Traditional dentures rub on gum tissue causing sore spots
- Traditional dentures often need messy dental adhesives
- Traditional dentures can slip and even fall out during conversations and eating
- Traditional dentures are bulky and have greatly diminished chewing force
These limitations and problems of traditional (outdated) dentures can be overcome with dental implants.
Two types of dentures that utilize dental implants are implant retained dentures and implant supported dentures. Implant retained dentures utilize implants and gum tissue for support. Implant retained dentures are the most affordable entry level implant denture solution because it utilizes implants and the patient’s gum tissue for stability. Implant supported dentures are supported by and rest on multiple implants. Implant supported dentures employ more implants than implant retained dentures.
Bone loss after tooth removal is ten times greater in the first year than subsequent years. For multiple extractions, typically four millimeters of bone loss occurs during the first six months. Therefore, instead of waiting until the patient has lost significant levels of bone, Dr. Nugent recommends placement of the dental implants before the bone is lost. Dental implants will stimulate and preserve bone levels.
The Advantages of Implant Dentures versus Conventional (outdated) Dentures:
Implant dentures greatly improve self-confidence and self-esteem.
Implant dentures are secure and do not move. Patients feel more confident in public because they do not have to worry about their dentures slipping or falling out. The implant denture is secure so no clicking sounds during speech that conventional (outdated) denture wearers can have. The self confidence to laugh and smile knowing the natural looking implant dentures are stable and secure.
Implant dentures enhance patient comfort.
Implant dentures do not slip or move thus they are more comfortable. If enough implants are used then the upper denture can be made without a bulky palate. Also, getting rid of the bulky palate allows for more natural feel of the mouth. Implant dentures do not need the messy dental adhesives. The less plastic used, the more comfortable the denture.
Implant Dentures allow for better tasting foods.
Many traditional (outdated) denture wearers state that foods lack their normal flavor because of the bulk of plastic in the upper palate. Implant dentures can be fabricated where there is no bulky plastic covering the roof of the mouth. Not having the bulky palate allows for better sensation of taste and allows the patient to enjoy the foods they love.
Implant Dentures have increased chewing efficiency.
Traditional (outdated) denture wearers exhibit greatly diminished chewing forces due to the instability of the denture. Many report they are limited in the foods they eat. Implant denture wearers are able to confidentially eat the foods they enjoy because the implant denture is secure.
Implants dentures stimulate bone.
The old saying ‘if you don’t use it you lose it” applies to the bone levels in the mouth. The forces of chewing exert a force onto the teeth which in turn transmits the force to the bone. The bone is stimulated. When one looses their teeth, the lack of stimulation leads to substantial bone loss. Traditional (outdated) dentures do not transmit chewing forces to the bone, so bone loss continues to occur. However, the implants in implant dentures stimulate and preserve the bone.
Implant dentures improve the look and appearance of patients.
By using less bulky plastic, implant dentures look more natural. Patients that have traditional (outdated) dentures experience severe bone loss over time. This bone loss causes the jaw bone to dwindle and create a gaunt and hollow appearance in the face. Because dental implants stimulate bone, implant dentures minimize the bone loss associated with missing teeth and maintain facial contours.
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When one evaluates the cost of implant dentures, the patient must consider the significant long term savings of implant dentures over traditional (outdated) dentures.
Call 713-941-8261 to schedule a consultation for dental implant dentures.