Dental Implants and Dentures
More than a quarter of adults in America lose all of their teeth by the age of 74. Complete tooth loss, also known as edentulism, negatively affects not only your smile, but your overall quality of life, including:
- Your overall health: The fewer teeth a patient has, the more difficult it will be to bite and chew food. Having few or no teeth restricts your diet, inhibiting your intake of essential minerals and nutrients because you can’t chew healthy foods. This, in turn, increases your risks of developing health issues related to poor nutrition, such as diabetes.
- Your emotional well-being: Tooth loss can affect the appearance of your smile and facial features. Without a full set of teeth, your lips and cheeks can appear sunken in, and over time, your jawbone will lose density and volume, resulting in an aged look. This can lead to low self-esteem, self-consciousness, and depression.
- Your social aptitude: When people are embarrassed by edentulism for reasons such as appearance, the inability to chew, or the inability to speak clearly, they are less likely to engage socially with others. Because humans are social creatures, such isolation can compound certain health conditions, and even make you more susceptible to systemic health issues.
A Better Smile with Implants and Dentures
Edentulous patients have often found the answer to their tooth loss troubles with complete dentures, which replace the entire row of teeth on the upper or lower dental ridge. While dentures can restore your smile and the ability to bite and chew properly, they lack the support that roots give your healthy, natural teeth.
As a more comprehensive alternative, Dr. Stewart may recommend supporting your dentures with a series of dental implants. The titanium implant posts are surgically placed into the jawbone, and can support dentures with unprecedented comfort and stability. Compared to conventional dentures, implant-supported dentures offer a number of benefits, including:
Stability: Implant dentures do not become loose and slip or slide.
Confidence: Implant dentures closely mimic natural teeth in nearly every way, and you can smile confidently knowing your smile is once again full, beautiful, and healthy-looking.
Convenience: Removable implant dentures can be easily separated from their implant posts for easier, more convenient, and more effective cleaning.
Longevity: Dental implant posts can last for life with consistently good hygiene and dental care, and the dentures they support can last for more than 15 years.
Overall oral health: Besides reestablishing your bite function, implant dentures also help preserve the strength and integrity of your jawbone by stimulating the bone when you bite and chew.
Are You a Candidate?
Even if you have worn dentures for years already, you may be a viable candidate for implant dentures. Dr. Stewart will perform a comprehensive examination to determine the state of your oral health, the strength of your jawbone, and your candidacy for dental implant placement.