Do you find chewing difficult? Does eating raw vegetables hurt your gums? Are your dentures loose, causing frequent soreness? Are your gums shrinking? You may be a candidate for dentures on implants.
Dental implants are artificial titanium roots that are placed into the jaw where they bond with the jawbone to form virtually permanent supports for stabilizing complete or partial dentures. Such stabilization significantly reduces bone loss or “resorption”, which naturally occurs whenever natural teeth are missing and have not been replaced. By preventing the bone resorption, dental implants preserve the integrity of the facial structures.
The number of implants placed, and their location is determined by the quantity and quality of available bone. Implants are placed into the jawbone by a dentist who has had specialized training in implant placement.
Once the implants have been placed, conventional dentures with temporary liners can be worn while the implant sites are healing. Once healing is complete, and the implant exposed, the a removable implant supported denture will be constructed and attached. Because the new denture can be firmly anchored to the man-made roots (implants), there is none of the slipping
and sliding associated with conventional dentures. The biting and chewing function are greatly improved, resulting in better digestion of food. Patients can eat their favourite foods again, even corn on the cob and apples. They speak and smile with confidence, without fear of dentures dropping.
Anyone in good general health with missing teeth is a candidate for implant dentures. There are a few conditions which can undermine the success of implant treatment, such as uncontrolled diabetes and heavy smoking.
Many of the people who now enjoy the benefits of implant supported dentures claim their self esteem and self confidence have been restored as a result of improved appearance, function, comfort and health.
If you’d like to learn more about dental implants and find out if they are for you. Call Hosack Denture Clinic at (403)327-7244 for a no charge consultation.