Rather than wearing removable dentures, you can have a permanent teeth replacement option through the use of dental implants. This option helps maintain facial and bone structure, allows you to eat your favorite foods, and stays permanently in place.
Dr. Alger and your dentist may use dental implants to provide a strong foundation for replacing a full mouth of missing teeth. Working as a team, Dr. Fred Alger provides his implant expertise, and your referring dentist provides you with a custom-fitted denture that will be supported by the implants.
All-Tooth Replacement With Dental Implants in Columbus
If a patient is missing all the teeth in the lower or upper arch, or needs to replace their entire set of teeth (upper or lower), implants are recommended to secure prosthetic teeth into place.
Implant-supported full arches and dentures can either be removable or fixed. Removable dentures allow for easier cleaning. Both options provide dentures that stay securely and comfortably in place.
This type of denture has the benefit of being supported by the dental implants, which act as replacement tooth roots. When the natural tooth roots are missing, you can experience the loss of facial and bone structure. Adding dental implants helps to maintain this structure for optimal oral health and facial appearance.
Implants are titanium screws that go into the gums. The jawbone naturally attaches itself to the implants during the healing process, allowing them to act as permanent tooth root replacements. The number of implants may vary for full arches and dentures. Still, generally, a few are strategically placed throughout the mouth to provide good support without the need for a single tooth implant for each missing tooth.
What Are the Benefits of Full Arch Implants?
Implant-supported dentures offer several benefits over traditional dentures. These types of implants:
- Eliminate the discomfort associated with loose-fitting dentures
- Allow you to speak and smile with confidence
- Restore natural chewing capacity
- Eliminate the need for messy adhesives
- Stimulate bone tissue and gums to maintain facial structure
- Ensure an attractive and esthetic result
Following implant placement, Dr. Alger and his team advise each patient on caring for their implant-supported dentures. This includes regular brushing and flossing, as well as routine visits to the dentist. These oral hygiene practices ensure long-term success for dental implants and prostheses.
Are Implant-Supported Dentures Right for Me?
Patients who are missing a full set of teeth on the upper and/or lower jaw may benefit from implant-supported dentures. Nonetheless, implant dentistry is not the best choice for all patients. It comes with a higher price than removable dentures, and it requires surgery and a long healing process.
Further, your oral health needs to be in good enough shape to support the implant. This means that you need proper bone structure in the jaw and healthy gums. However, if the opportunity presents itself that you are a good candidate, Dr. Fred Alger has solutions to prepare the mouth for dental implants.
Find Out if You Are a Candidate
If you are missing teeth and want to learn more about your options to restore your smile and overall oral health, contact us today! Dr. Alger will conduct an initial consultation and exam to plan your unique course of treatment.