Dentures have been the go-to tooth replacement option for thousands of years, but it’s only been recently that solutions for many denture drawbacks emerged. At Ben Mandel DDS, Inc. in La Mesa, California, Dr. Ben Mandel has over 35 years creating custom cosmetic dentures for his patients, and he’s excited about the possibilities of combining dentures with dental implants to create a secure fit. If you live in La Mesa or the El Cajon or Spring Valley areas, learn more by calling the office or requesting an appointment online.
If you’ve lost one or more teeth, it can affect the way you eat and speak, and the increased load on other teeth can cause additional problems, such as premature wear or temporomandibular joint disorder. By choosing partial or complete dentures, you can distribute the loads of chewing evenly.
When you lose your natural teeth, your face may start to collapse inward, as the teeth no longer offer support from inside. Dentures fill out your face below the cheek, contributing to a more youthful appearance. Dentures also provide an affordable and fast replacement for decayed and unsightly teeth, and some may opt for dentures to replace natural teeth in poor condition.
The most trouble-free tooth system is maintaining your natural teeth, but that’s not always an option. Traditional dentures present several compromises along with the benefits. To remain in place, full upper plates completely cover the roof of your mouth, which affects your ability to food. Upper plates tend to slip and move, creating the potential for embarrassment in social situations.
One of the subtle issues denture wearers have is the loss of bone density in the jaw over time. Without the roots of your teeth in place in the jaw, the bones erode slowly, causing changing denture fit and eventually limiting your options for other tooth restoration methods.
Combining denture construction with dental implant technology offers a new approach to cosmetic dentures that overcomes some of the problems plaguing conventional dentures.
Dental implants offer a versatile system for several tooth restoration methods. Implants can serve as a base for permanent crowns or as anchors for denture plates.
Dr. Mandel recommends the use of dental implants to anchor full denture plates, instead of using adhesives, which can cause embarrassing slippage. With securely-anchored dentures, you’ll be able to chew hard foods with confidence and the roof of your mouth won’t be covered by a plastic appliance.
The dental implants that anchor your dentures also restore some of the symbiotic relationships between the tooth roots and your jawbone. The implants serve as positive anchor points and your dentures won’t require adjustments based on gum and bone changes.