If you’ve worn conventional dentures for awhile, and have heard of dental implants, you may wonder exactly how the modern marvels could improve what are already advanced replacement teeth. Or, you might be curious whether or not the claims are true that dental implants can make your dentures feel more like natural teeth than ever before. If you’ve recently lost your teeth and are searching for an effective, comprehensive, and lifelike solution, then Dr. Wright and Dr. Heron may recommend replacing them with dental implant dentures.
The Way Dentures Are Made
Dentures are one of the oldest forms of replacing lost teeth, and in many ways, they’re the simplest. With a custom-fit, gum-colored plastic base, a denture consists of an entire row of replacement teeth, and is secured to your upper or lower dental ridge with a safe and effective adhesive. Initially, your denture(s) will fit snugly and comfortably, remaining steady as you speak, smile, and bite and chew your food. However, over time, they can lose their original firm grip, becoming loose and uncomfortable as they shift around.
The Way Dental Implants Secure Your New Teeth
Relatively new in the world of restorative dentistry, dental implants have only been used clinically for the last 50 or 60 years, though in that time, they’ve enjoyed an over-90% success rate due to their ability to mimic natural teeth. Dental implants are small, root-shaped posts that are surgically-inserted into your jawbone. As it heals, your jawbone fuses to the implants’ titanium surfaces, accepting them as biologically-compatible teeth roots. After you’ve healed from surgery, Dr. Wright or Dr. Heron can secure your denture (or bridge or dental crown, depending on how many teeth you’ve lost) to the implants. With the support of implanted anchors, your replacement teeth won’t become loose, and the improved stability will also improve their longevity.
ABOUT YOUR SOUTHLAKE DENTISTS:
As a native Texan, Gregory Wright, DDS, opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He and Dr. Victoria Heron are happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To learn more, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.