Enjoy Your Next Meal With Implant DenturesAugust 15th, 2016
With Labor Day coming up soon, you may be looking forward to one more get together with your family and friends.
One of your favorite parts is the food. (OK, let’s be honest. The food is the best part of these gatherings.)
Is there anything better than some grilled corn on the cob with a little bit of butter? That’s not to mention the grilled chicken and steaks with that special seasoning.
Now try to imagine what it would be like to try to eat those things without any teeth.
Biting into the corn would be nearly impossible, and chewing the chicken or the steak … well, let’s just recommend cutting it into small pieces.
It doesn’t have to be that way. If you live in or near Geismar, LA, we welcome you to talk to our dentist about dental implants. This is the closest thing you can get to growing another set of teeth.
Put Some Power Into your Bite
Federal health officials estimate that between 35 and 36 million Americans are missing at least one complete row of teeth.
As our example above illustrates, that can make eating much more difficult. At Ascension Premier Dental, we want our patients to get the most out of life. We believe that should include the ability to eat the foods that you like.
Dental implants make that possible. Why? Because dental implants add stability and strength to teeth replacements.
Implants take the place of roots, which are the anchors that hold your teeth in place.
Dental implants are placed directly into your jawbone. As the bone heals, it bonds to the implant, which makes it stable. When you have multiple implants, they provide a stable foundation for a set of dentures.
Here’s why that makes a difference.
The average human creates between 200 and 250 pounds of pressure with his or her bite.
Studies have show that someone with traditional dentures (which rest over your gums) can generate about one-fourth of that pressure. By comparison, a person with implant-supported dentures can get back to close to 100 percent of his or her original bite force.
That makes a big difference whether you are taking a bite of corn, chewing a piece of steak, or trying to eat an apple.
Kinds Of Implant-Supported Dentures
One of the great things about modern dentistry is patients have options. In many cases, there is more than one way to fix a problem.
To help you understand, here are different implant-supported dentures that we offer at our practice:
✦ Implant-retained dentures
There are typically two steps in getting implant-retained dentures. During the first step, the implants will be placed into your jaw.
The ensure the implants are secure, you may need some time to heal after your implant placement. When you are ready, we will place your replacement teeth on your implants.
In this case, the dentures are held in place by ball attachments on the abutment end of your implants.
✦ Implant-secured dentures
These are similar to implant-retained dentures in that you will get them. First, the implants are placed. Second, the dentures are attached to the implants.
The difference is how the dentures are held in place. With implant-secured dentures, a bar is used to connect the implants, and the dentures are attached to the bar.
✦ All-on-4® implants
This is an innovative technique used to hold dentures in place.
The first advantage is this uses just four implants to hold your dentures in position. With All-on-4, implants are placed is a specific way so that the patient receiving them gets the maximum benefit from a small number of implants.
Two implants are placed vertically never the front of the mouth, and two implants are placed diagonally toward the back of the mouth.
Another advantage of the All-on-4 technique is we are able to attach a temporary teeth replacement that same day in many cases. This means you can walk out of our office with a normal smile even before your final dentures are ready.
As your mouth heals and becomes stronger, we will attach your permanent teeth replacement, and you will be able to enjoy the full benefits of your dental implants.
✦ All-on-6® implants
This is identical to the All-on-4 procedure except this uses six implants for patients who need or want some added security.
Are Implants Right For You?
If you want to know, contact Ascension Premier Dental to schedule a consultation. We can evaluate the condition of your jaw at our dentist office in Geismar, LA, and help you decide if implant-supported dentures are right for you.