You’re probably familiar with removable dentures, which must be taken out to be soaked and require replacement around every five years. But what if we had a longer lasting option for our patients in Johnston, IA? In today’s blog, we’re answering questions about implant dentures.
Frequently Asked Questions About Implant Dentures
Question: What impacts my candidacy?
Answer: Before we move forward with implant dentures, we need to take a look at the patient’s smile. We first want to make sure they’re free of advanced gum disease, which causes the dental implants to fail. Treatment may necessary to manage the disease before proceeding. We also want to make sure there is enough jawbone tissue to support the new tooth roots, otherwise patients may first need a bone grafting procedure.
Question: How do they differ from regular dentures?
Answer: Regular dentures will be held in place with natural suction, or possibly an adhesive. With these, we insert multiple dental implants into each arch. The denture will be attached to them and won’t need to be removed for soaking or maintenance. They last much longer than regular dentures and never slip during meals or speech.
Question: What is All-on-4?
Answer: With All-on-4, we hold the new prosthetic in place with just four dental implants per arch, instead of between six and eight. In some cases, we can place them and complete the denture in a single day.
Question: What long term benefits do they offer?
Answer: The dental implants act like new tooth roots, stimulating the growth of jawbone tissue and preventing the deterioration of the jawbone which often happens following tooth loss. Long term, this prevents the onset of an aged appearance and preserves the facial structure. If you have any questions about treating missing teeth or about our implant dentures, then contact our team today. We want to help you enjoy a full and stunning smile!
Do You Have Questions About Advanced Tooth Loss?
Dr. Lawson and our team employ advanced technology to provide tooth replacement that lasts for many years. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling our dentistry office in Johnston, IA, at 515-278-4366.