I Want Dentures: Where Do I Start?

dentures DFWWhen it comes to missing teeth, it is very important for patients to seek out a replacement method that works for their needs. Dentures, the most common method of addressing tooth loss, have been used for centuries to restore biting function and a patient’s appearance. Today, however, dentures have been improved significantly to offer comfort, durability, and a renewed smile. Our oral surgeon explains the new technology used to support dentures that provide patients with a revolutionary approach to replacing missing teeth.

Stable and Natural-Looking Dentures

In the past, traditional sets of dentures rested on top of the gums. While this was a cost effective and widely available tooth replacement option, traditional dentures required replacement over time because the mouth would change shape due to bone atrophy and recession of the gum line. As the mouth changes shape, dentures will slip and move throughout the mouth making chewing and speaking more difficult. 

…dentures have been improved significantly to offer comfort, durability, and a renewed smile. 

Fortunately, there is an alternative to traditional dentures. Instead of dentures relying on the shape of the mouth for support, our oral surgeon can attach your prosthetic teeth to dental implants, which are permanently anchored into the jawbone. Utilizing the All-on-4 method, four tactically placed dental implants will be inserted into the jawbone to support an arch of prosthetic teeth. By supporting dentures with implants, patients enjoy a stable biting surface that is firmly locked in place.

Dental implants are made from titanium and possess a screw-like texture. After these implants are placed into the jaw, the bone, through a process called osseointegration, will fuse around the titanium rods over time. This process helps promote security and stability when the dentures are attached to the implants. All-on-4 implant supported dentures also help prevent bone atrophy so that the shape of the mouth does not change over time.

To learn more about your tooth replacement options, we welcome you to reserve a consultation with our oral surgeon by calling either of our convenient offices.