Adult tooth loss is a dental problem with resounding effects on a patient. Missing teeth can affect a patient’s self-confidence, compromise the structure of the mouth, and interfere with a patient’s ability to eat and chew. At Texas Denture Clinic, Dr. Clark Damon offers Fort Worth patients a range of denture options to meet the unique needs of each patient. By listening to a patient’s wants and needs, and then through a through examination consisting of a 3-D CT scan with our ICAT we can an help patients make a decision regarding whether traditional or implant-supported dentures are a better option for replacing lost or broken teeth. Below Dr. Damon describes traditional denture treatment and benefits of implant dentures.
At our practice, we offer patients both complete and partial traditional dentures. Traditional dentures sit on the gums and are removable. The upper denture is secured by suction and the lower denture is held in (somewhat) by gravity. Because the lower denture lacks suction, inadvertent or excess muscle contraction of cheeks and tongue can cause the lower denture to become dislodged or loose.
One of the main benefits of traditional dentures is that they can be placed at surgery if you are getting teeth out, we can achieve excellent esthetics. We offer upgraded teeth - Dentsply Portrait IPN - that have a very lifelike look. However, there are some disadvantages to traditional dentures. While we do everything possible to create a close and accurate fit with dentures, some patients find that it takes some time to adjust to the feel of dentures. We are happy to work with patients and make any necessary adjustments until a comfortable fit is achieved. Still, some patients do not feel that traditional dentures provide the function they desire. Traditional dentures may require the use of a denture adhesive, to provide extra hold on the lower denture or a seal to prevent food from getting under the denture. These extra care requirements are considered a disadvantage of traditional dentures by some patients.
Implant-supported dentures offer a solution to many of the problems of traditional dentures. Implant-supported dentures are attached to dental implants, which have been surgically implanted into the jaw bone. These implants fuse with the jaw bone and act as artificial tooth roots. Once attached to the implants, implant-supported dentures dont move around, stay in place, and have the ability to permanently fix them to the implants so they cannot be removed. They closely resemble the natural teeth and function in the same way. For patients who need dentures, there is no option that is more secure or durable than implant-supported dentures.
Many patients also find that implant-supported dentures fit more comfortably and make chewing, eating, and speaking easier. Depending on the type of implant-supported denture our patients have a 50% increase in the biting force. For patients who elect the "All on 4" route, their denture is permanently fixed and non-removable. These patients have every ability they had with teeth.
Some patients may not be good candidates for implant-supported dentures because they do require significant bone density. However, we offer our patients several types of dental implants so we can often find an appropriate implant option for the individual.
If you have experienced tooth loss and are considering dentures, schedule an appointment at the Texas Denture Clinic at your earliest convenience. We are happy to help you determine the type of dentures that will most closely meet your unique needs and desires. We look forward to hearing from you!