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December 12, 2020

Discover the Benefits of Combining Dentures and Dental Implants

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an older woman smiling in the dentist’s chair after receiving dental implantsWhether you’ve been wearing dentures for a single year or an entire decade, you’re likely wondering if dental implants in Norwalk can offer a more permanent solution. Known for their stability, longevity, and improved functionality, these titanium restorations make it possible to enjoy greater oral health and a more durable smile through the years. Not to mention, the ability to minimize additional bone loss that can occur due to a lack of continuous stimulation. Read on to find out why it’s time to consider combining your dentures with dental implants for a new and improved smile.

How Do Dental Implants Work?

Unlike traditional dentures that are removable and sit on top of the gums, dental implants are surgically placed into the jawbone. Instead of relying on messy adhesive to add security to your prosthetics, you can worry less because implants are designed to fuse with your natural bone and tissues, creating a strong, stable foundation for your customized restoration.

Dental implants are titanium posts that mimic the natural structure of a tooth root. When preparing for placement, a dentist makes a small incision in the gums and exposes the jawbone. Carefully placing each implant, they will position it to ensure maximum support before closing the gum tissue. Typically, when receiving an implant-retained or implant-supported denture, your dentist will place between 4 and 6 dental implants.

Once a process known as osseointegration is complete, which is the fusing of the implants to the bone and tissue, you will receive your customized denture, which will be secured into place.

The Benefits of Anchoring Your Smile with Implants

While it might seem as if the dental implant process is more time-consuming, the truth is that it is! But it is well worth the time and money you spend because of the many benefits that only these restorations can offer, some of which include:

  • Improved Oral Health: Missing teeth can lead to a weakening of the alveolar bone. This can eventually cause the jawbone to deteriorate. By having implants put into place, the titanium post mimics the tooth root and continues to stimulate the bone, preventing future facial collapse.
  • Greater Functionality: With dentures, you may notice difficulty eating the foods you love and even speaking to others. Because they only sit on top of the gums, they can easily slip or fall out. However, with implants, you can feel confident in eating and speaking because of the additional security of being anchored to your jawbone. You’ll never need to worry about these posts slipping or falling out (as long as you take proper care of them), and you can enjoy a stronger bite force as a result.
  • Enhanced Appearance: While dentures are capable of filling out your facial features and giving you the look of a fully restored smile, dental implants are the closest restorative treatment option to natural teeth. From the root to the custom-made denture, your teeth will not only look natural, but they’ll also feel and function like regular teeth.
  • Cost-Effective: Yes, dentures are more affordable upfront, but when you consider the products you must buy to secure your dentures as well as the regular relining and replacements needed over the years, dental implants prove to be more cost-effective.

Dental implants can give you the stability and longevity you desire in a restorative prosthetic, so if you’re thinking about making the switch, find a local dentist who can provide you with a smile that can last a lifetime.

About the Practice
At Sommers Family Dentistry, our team of professionals is here to repair, rebuild, and restore smiles using a wide array of comprehensive services. If missing teeth is causing you to lack self-esteem or experience difficulty doing many of the most common daily tasks, we can deliver outstanding results with the help of dental implants. Dr. Norman Sommers and Dr. Adam Sommers will work closely with a local specialist in the area to ensure your implants are properly placed before securing a custom-made restoration to restore your complete smile. If you are interested in learning more about dental implants and what they can do for you, contact us at (419) 668-3606.

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