Tooth loss can be devastating to your social life and to your confidence. Replacing your teeth may depend on your budget, but conventional dentures, while inexpensive, also force you to make lifestyle changes. For a more permanent solution to tooth loss or to replace dentures, consider dental implants for dentures. Denture implants can cover a full arc of missing teeth, as the overdenture fits into implants that replace your tooth roots and thereby help maintain your jawbone structure.
Worldwide, millions of adults aged 30 and older have lost at least one tooth due to chronic inflammatory gum disease. In New York, more than a quarter of all adults in the state suffer from untreated tooth decay, a major contributor to tooth loss.
Tooth loss affects your ability to eat and speak properly, which is why you should seek guidance from a specialist in dental implants like Dr. John Koutsoyiannis of Sohosmile. Previously, people who’ve lost teeth could only turn to conventional dentures. But since ordinary dentures affect your quality of life, more and more people are opting for denture implants, a more permanent solution.
The Benefits of Denture Implants
When you lose a tooth, it can diminish your social interactions, as you become self-conscious about your smile. You also have to be careful what you eat. Dentures may return your smile, but you still can’t eat everything you used to. Implant dentures have far fewer limitations. Additionally, denture implants:
- Restore your ability to chew food properly
- Allow you to choose a better diet
- Improve your speech because there’s no possibility of implants slipping
- Help preserve your jawbone integrity
- Are more comfortable than wearing conventional dentures
- Cause less gum tissue irritation
- Reduce your costs in the long run
- Rarely cause any problems
- Help you gain confidence by maintaining your smile and facial structure
- Last for many years
- Look and feel like natural teeth
- Require no adhesives or creams
- Are easy to clean and take care of
Implant dentures sit on denture implants, giving you a strong bite and proper chewing capability. Studies on implant overdenture cases — where a full arc of dental implants replaced all remaining teeth — showed that 96 percent of the recipients were happy with the results. Maximize your satisfaction by choosing a skilled implant expert like Dr. John.
How Dental Implants for Dentures Work
The process of getting a new set of teeth starts with a complete dental examination by your cosmetic dentist in Manhattan. He checks your bone density and the health of your remaining teeth and gums. You may need to undergo a bone graft if your jawbone has deteriorated to the point that it needs more support for denture implants.
The first procedure for your dental implants for dentures is to surgically install titanium implants into the bone underneath your gums. These implants, which form the foundation of your implant overdenture, replicate the roots of your teeth. The recovery period is followed by future visits, which anchor the denture to the implant using one of several methods.
Types of Implant Dentures
An implant overdenture uses acrylic pink at the gums and porcelain or acrylic teeth to resemble your natural teeth. You need a minimum of two dental implants to keep the overdenture in place. Four implants are often recommended. Dr. John offers three ways to attach your implant overdenture:
- Bar-retained. A metal bar runs along the curve of your jaw, connecting to the implants. The overdenture sits on top of the bar with the help of attachment clips.
- Ball-retained. Both the dentures and implants have attachments that connect together like press-on buttons.
- Fixed. A one-piece overdenture screwed directly onto your implants.
Dental implants for dentures cost more than conventional dentures, but they are permanent. You may incur additional costs for bone grafting, deep tooth cleaning and other treatments that Dr. John may recommend.
Caring for Your Implant Dentures
Dental hygiene starts with brushing your overdenture twice a day, the same as for your natural teeth. Use softer toothbrushes or an electric toothbrush, as they make brushing your teeth easier. Floss the part of the implant that shows above the gums. Brush your gums and tongue to combat bad breath.
Consult with Dr. John, the dental implant specialist at Sohosmile, to see if you’re a good candidate for implant overdenture. You can reach the SoHo boutique dental clinic easily from various Manhattan neighborhoods:
- Downtown NYC
- Hudson Square
- West Village
- Battery Park City
- South Village
- The Financial District
- Greenwich Village
If you’re in Lower Manhattan, visit Sohosmile for the best care, no matter what your dental needs are. Make an appointment for an initial consultation. Once you’ve met Dr. John and seen the quality of his care, you won’t want to go anywhere else.