Tooth Replacement For The 21st Century

Posted In: Dental Implants

Hillcrest tooth implant supported dentures

Not everything was better back in the “good old days.” Take dentures, for instance. Dentures have been around for generations and have certainly improved the lives of thousands of San Diego people who have lost many or all of their teeth.

However, Grandpa’s traditional false teeth are not the ideal tooth replacement. Traditional dentures can impede many critical oral functions: chewing, tasting, swallowing, talking, and smiling.

You may know denture wearers who have stopped attending social activities because they are embarrassed by dentures that are far from inconspicuous. Some have even stopped eating their favorite foods because their dentures diminish their power to taste and/or chew.

I have incredible news for San Diego residents with missing teeth: Dentures have evolved!

Implant-anchored or implant-supported dentures are far superior than traditional dentures for many patients. So much better, in fact, that there really should be another term for this revolutionary tooth replacement system – a term that doesn’t include the word “denture.” (If you can think of a good name, let us know.)

There are two types of implant anchored dentures; removable and permanent. No adhesive is needed for either system. With the permanent type, screw retentions are anchored in the jaw to serve as attachment points for the denture. Permanent implant-supported dentures are very stable. Moreover, they are usually less costly than replacing each missing tooth with an implant. (The cost varies depending on the number of implants necessary and other factors.)

Screw retentions require enough bone thickness to allow the implant to securely mesh with the existing bone. Unfortunately, some patients who have been missing teeth for a long period of time have experienced bone recession. For patients who lack the necessary amount of bone, mini-implants may be an alternative.

Removable implant anchored dentures have a locator attachment which allows the wearer to snap the appliance in place. Some patients prefer this type because they can remove them at night for cleaning. Countless San Diego patients who have traded in their traditional dentures are excited with their new implant supported dentures.

The terrific advantages of implant-supported dentures include:

Increased comfort
Natural appearance
Normal tooth function
Improved strength
Better bone retention
Denture relines not
necessary
Minimal gum irritation
No denture adhesive necessary

For more information about industry-leading dental implants, call 619-717-8459 to schedule a consultation with Marcos Ortega. Marcos Ortega DDS is located at 306 Walnut Ave, Ste 25 in San Diego. We have been providing quality care and personal attention since 1986.

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