Full Denture Implants – When you hear the words “full denture implants” you might have this ugly image in your head about pain and suffering. Somehow, the word implants just doesn’t sound very appealing. Add denture to that mix and it really does sound unpleasant, but what a lot of people don’t know is that denture implants are becoming quite popular in the dental industr
Full dentures, or complete dentures, are for people who have lost their upper and lower natural teeth. Full dentures may be necessary if the remaining teeth are severely decayed or damaged, requiring extraction. Dentures are made from prefabricated acrylic and sized to fit the shape of your jaw and mouth.
A dentist will advise you about whether or not to get full dentures. If a sufficient number of healthy teeth remain, you will most likely be encouraged to get a partial denture, or dental implants, if you can afford them.
Implant supported full dentures connect the denture to titanium fixtures (posts) that will be implanted in the jaw bones. This may sound a little scary, but if you can possibly afford this procedure it is far superior to just having full dentures with nothing to hold them in place. The upper denture though would be held in place by suction. It’s the lower denture that would not have anything to hold it in position if titanium posts are not used.
Extensive tooth loss is mainly caused by untreated periodontal disease or extensive tooth decay. It is very important to replace missing teeth with full or partial dentures. Replacement teeth help fill out the space and restore your smile by giving support to the cheeks and lips. This will give a youthful feeling, a more appealing appearance by holding up facial muscles and also aids in speaking, chewing, swallowing and smiling.
Great strides have been made in the denture field, so that now it’s nearly impossible for anyone to differentiate between full dentures and natural teeth. Your new dentures will actually be constructed with built-in imperfections to make them look more natural, if that is what you want. The type of imperfections, plus the whiteness of the dentures, will be your choice. The denturist will of course help you in this decision.
You will definitely have much nicer dentures than George Washington. Researchers have discovered that his teeth were made of gold, ivory, lead, and human and animal teeth. Horse and donkey teeth were common, and dentures had springs and bolts to hold them together.
Full dentures will improve your speaking ability, and make it easier to chew. Specially molded dentures slip over the gums and fit the specific contours of the patient’s mouth. Full dentures aid chewing, improve speech, and help to keep the mouth and surrounding facial area in correct alignment. The unique impression of your teeth, bite, and the shape of your jaw shape will be used to create the dentures.
Typically, conventional dentures require a one-to-two month wait after the extraction of your teeth, so that your mouth and gums will have time to heal, permitting a more accurate fitting. However, if you don’t want to be without the missing teeth even for a short time, dentures can usually be inserted immediately after the extraction.