The goal of dentistry is to save natural teeth and replace teeth that cannot be repaired. However sometimes a person must have all of their natural teeth replaced with dentures.
1/3 of all Americans over the age of 65 have lost their teeth.
We used to believe that dentures are not a substitute for a person’s teeth, they were a substitute for no teeth. Many things a about replacing teeth have changed in the last several decades. Specifically dental implants have completely altered the landscape.
An expertly designed set of dentures are very important. Comfort, appearance, stability, function depend on quality. In our office we have provided hundreds of people with dentures that look and feel and function excellently.
However, implants have dramatically changed the science of replacing teeth. Dentures supported or stabilized by implants can feel and function almost exactly like natural teeth. Implants also slow or stop the gradual loss of bone in the jaw that always occurs when sometimes losing natural teeth. Implants serve as artificial roots, the bone in the jaw remains strong and rapid shrinkage of the face due to loss of bone is prevented.
Please take a look at some of the photos of my patients who have had their old poorly fitting dentures replaced with well-designed, high quality dentures. Note the improvement in the smile, the more relaxed facial appearance, the more youthful appearance. Who would not want to look more youthful?
Dentures can be supported by dental implants. A dental implant is a small metallic artificial root that is gently placed in the jaw. After the implants stabilizes the denture can be connected to the implant using various techniques such as small connectors (small male-female connectors) that make the denture very stable, not movable, comfortable and powerful. The biting pressure rests on the implants not on the gums under the denture. My patients who have had implant supported dentures say they have been life changing.
In the last few years small implants (small diameter implants) have been developed to support dentures. These small implants are extremely economical, easy to place, very comfortable and the denture can immediately be connected to these implants. If you already have a set of dentures you should look into these small implants. They are called mini implants and they have improved so many lives.
Dr. Marx placed four small implants to help hold my lower denture. They are wonderful. For the first time in many years, I can eat anything I want, my dentures stay put.