Dentures for total tooth replacement have actually been in use for centuries, using wood and other materials. However, we’ve learned much about replacing teeth since then and total tooth replacement in the 21st Century is far more advanced and comfortable than ever before. Using the modern compounds that are available today, as well as improved dental implant technology to anchor your dental prosthetic, your new teeth can provide you with a lifetime of comfortable eating and beautiful smiles.
Traditional dentures simply rest upon your gums. They are most commonly held in place with a dental adhesive paste. This requires a very exact fit to keep the prosthetic in place, as well as regular maintenance and checkups with your dentist to ensure their ongoing fit and effectiveness. However, even the most professionally fitted of traditional dentures may cause problems for you, allowing your jawbone to deteriorate further, requiring ever more frequent fittings and adjustments through the years.
On the other hand, implant-supported dentures, also known as “snap-on dentures”, will look and function more like the teeth with which you were born. They look natural and do not slip. They are much more comfortable than standard dentures, offering a more natural bite while chewing. Dental implants, because they also replace the tooth root, will also help to keep your jaw bone healthier and stronger for longer than standard dentures.
For all of these reasons, implant-supported dentures require fewer visits and re-fittings with your dentist; improve your ability to eat the foods you love; and will greatly enhance your smile, rebuilding your shattered confidence in your appearance, and boosting your self-esteem.
Of course, each patient is different and will require personal care and attention. Your dental professional should always work closely with you to explain all of your treatment options, and to determine the best total tooth replacement plan for you.