If you are missing teeth or will need to have teeth removed, you may be considering dentures. If so, then you should be asking how much dentures can help you.
At Bayou Dental Group, we want you to do more than have a pretty smile. We want to restore the function of your lost teeth as well.
That really isn’t possible with traditional dentures. However, you can regain most of the function of your original teeth with All-on-4® or All-on-6@ implant-secured dentures.
This technique allows you to get the maximum benefit from the fewest implants that you need to support your dentures.
This can save you time and money, but more importantly, they can save your smile.
We would love to tell your more about this procedure at our dentist office in Monroe, LA. Keep reading to find out some reasons you may want to schedule a consultation today.
The Good And The Bad Of Dentures
Believe it or not, more than 30 million American adults are missing at least one complete row of teeth. Many of them are missing both rows of teeth.
It makes sense that many people turn to traditional dentures in this situation. For a long time, this was the only real option that they had.
Modern dentures can be crafted with incredibly lifelike materials. When they are in your mouth, the really can and do look like real teeth.
For many people, that is enough … or at least they think that is enough when they first get their dentures.
Sure, you can smile in photos with your family and friends, but sometimes your new “teeth” slip out of position or fall out of your mouth completely. That can be embarrassing for you as well as they people who are present at this awkward moment.
You may also be grateful, at first, that you are still able to chew anything. After a while, you may start to crave some of those foods that you once could enjoy without worrying about your dentures getting pulled out.
Crisp apples and corn on the cob don’t have to be luxuries of days gone by. With All-on-4 dental implants, you can win back your ability to bite, chew, and eat anything that you want to eat.
A Solid Foundation Gives You Strength
As anyone who has ever built a house can tell you, it’s sturdiness starts with a solid foundation. You need something that can support the weight of the house along with the people and anything they bring with them to furnish the house.
Without the foundation, the house could be pushed over by a big storm.
Think about that in the context of dentures. Traditional dentures don’t have a foundation to sit on. They rest over your gums. This helps to explain why they can slip out of position or fall out of your mouth.
Dental implants provide you with a way to create that foundation for your dentures. By placing a series of implants in your jaw, you now have a base to support your dentures and to hold them securely in place.
This means more than just feeling confident that your replacement teeth will stay in place until you get to the punchline of your joke. It also means you can eat those things (again) that you couldn’t eat with traditional dentures.
How Many Implants Is Enough?
You could get an implant for every tooth that you lost, but honestly, most people don’t need that many.
In fact, that’s why the All-on-4 and All-on-6 procedures were developed. Depending on the health of your jaw, it may be possible to support your dentures on as few as four implants.
The key to this technique is finding the right location for each implant. Two are placed vertically in the front of your mouth, and two are placed diagonally toward the back.This combination makes your implants more secure.
There is another advantage to this technique as well. For many patients, we can place a set of temporary dentures on the same day that you get your implants. As your mouth heals, we will be able to attach your permanent implants.
With other dental implants, you may have to wait months before they can support a set of dentures.
Expect Security And Stability
On their own, traditional dentures only give you back some of what you had with your natural teeth. If you get All-on-4 or All-on-6 implant dentures at our dentist office in Monroe, LA, then you may be surprised how close they are to being true replacements for your teeth.