It’s the stuff of nightmares. You’re at a Memorial Day gathering and somebody offers you an ear of corn on the cob, fresh off the grill. You don’t want to draw attention to yourself, so you accept it and attempt to take tiny little bites when it happens: Your dentures slip, you panic and drop your plate, and everyone is staring. If this scenario has your heart racing, there’s no need to panic. At Hart Dental, we offer implant-supported dentures, which allow you to get a grip on those slippery prosthetics and enjoy the stability of dental implants.
What Are Implants?
Implants are small, biocompatible screws that are surgically implanted in your jaw. Once you’ve healed, the implants are used to attach your dentures. Unlike traditional dentures, implant supported dentures provide the following benefits:
- Security. They won’t slip and slide around your mouth, but instead stay firmly planted where they were placed by your dentist.
- Bone-loss prevention. Without tooth roots, the jaw bone begins to deteriorate. Because implants function as prosthetic tooth roots, they prevent the jaw from shrinking.
- Freedom to eat. That corn on the cob scenario would be a non-issue, as implant supported dentures restore your ability to chew.
- Improved appearance. Without the fear of slippage, you’ll be free to smile more often. What’s more, your jaw bone won’t deteriorate and give you the sunken-in look associated with old age.
Implant supported dentures aren’t ideal for everyone. Those with compromised jaw bones may not be able to accomodate the implants without first having a bone graft procedure. Those who are looking for a quick fix may lack the patience required for this procedure. Still, implant supported dentures are worth the wait for anyone looking for a permanent solution to tooth loss.
Are you a candidate? The only sure way to know is to visit Hart Dental for a consultation. Since 2013, we’ve been helping patients from Mitchell, South Dakota, and the surrounding areas have the smiles they’ve always wanted. Let us count YOU among those.