Find out if an implant retained denture is the best way to improve your smile.
Whether you are a current denture wearer or you are considering getting dentures to replace your missing teeth, you may be wondering whether implant-supported dentures may provide you with more security and reliability when it comes to the function of your new smile. Our Mount Pleasant, SC, family dentist Dr. Cynthia Garner has helped many patients feel more confident with their smile thanks to implant-retained dentures.
While dentures are a cost-effective approach to replacing missing teeth some patients find it challenging to adjust to their new smiles. Sometimes dentures can move or shift around in the mouth, making eating certain foods a little unpredictable. Other patients find that as dentures shift and move around they can also irritate the gums. However, implants can secure dentures in place with no irritation.
What does a dental implant do?
The purpose of a dental implant is to replace the roots of your teeth. Our Mount Pleasant, SC, dentist offers implant-supported dentures because they are made to function and feel just like the real thing, making them a great option for many of our adult patients who are missing one or more teeth. An implant-retained denture uses two or more implants on either side of the area with missing teeth. If you are missing an entire arch, multiple implants are placed along the arches of the upper or lower jaw where the dentures will then attach to the top of the implants to hold them in place.
Just by attaching the dentures to the top of the implant this can hold them in place, so you can feel confident going on that date and eating exactly what you want without your teeth moving around. Whether you laugh, smile, give a major work presentation in front of colleagues or just want to enjoy a romantic dinner out, you can rest assure that your implant-supported dentures aren’t going anywhere.
What goes into getting dental implants?
Getting implants is a multi-step process and it can take several months to complete this treatment. Once implants are surgically embedded into the jawbone it can take several months for the implant and jawbone to fuse together. Once this fusion is complete, with the proper care your dental implants could last the rest of your lifetime.
Even if you are a current denture-wearer it’s never too late to make the switch to dental implants to support your dentures. Call Garner Family Dentistry in Mount Pleasant, SC, today to schedule a consultation.