If you are facing removal of most to all of your natural teeth, you may be concerned about wearing dentures. Over the years, they have gained a reputation for being uncomfortable and artificial-looking. Although dental technology has improved the look and feel of dentures, they can be high-maintenance. Fortunately, at Allure Dental Group in Fairfield, you have the option of dental implants.
Advantages over dentures
Dentures require a great deal of maintenance, including removal at night and after meals to maintain cleanliness and performance. The adhesives that attach the denture plates to the gums can eventually wear off throughout the day, causing the dentures to shift during eating and speaking. And because they are removable, bone loss in your jaw can occur more rapidly without anything to stabilize it from the inside.
Implants, however, are specifically designed to be permanent fixtures in your mouth. They do not require any special maintenance beyond that of normal dental hygiene - brushing, flossing and rinsing. With the implants in place, your jawbone can maintain its density longer.
In the past, dental implants were typically reserved for those who only had one or two missing teeth. However, restorative dentistry has evolved to make total replacement implants a reality. After the natural teeth are extracted, between 4 and 6 implants will be surgically placed on both the upper and lower ridges. Denture plates will then be permanently affixed to these implants. These function and look like your regular teeth. Unlike dentures, they will not require refitting over time. It is important to remember that a healthy jawbone is required to support dental implants.
At Allure Dental Group in southwestern Connecticut, we're fully prepared to discuss whether dental implants are right for you at your next appointment. Call today to schedule a consultation!