There are many things to consider when you need a new denture, and you want to make the best possible decision from the start.
Fortunately, with current technology, traditional prosthetics don’t have to be your next step on the road to excellent dental health. Rather, dental implants fill a need that lies between needing individual crowns and full arch dentures.
In Raleigh, Dr. Agarwal can help determine your needs and make a plan for treatment. Here are five factors to consider:
Gum health: Gingivitis and periodontal disease affect the integrity of all your remaining teeth. As bacteria breed, especially in places where teeth have recently been removed, and feed on the soft connective tissues around your teeth. Periodontitis won’t be solved by either dentures or by implants, however, a dental implant gives your mouth a better chance to heal.
Alveolar Ridge of Your Jaw: Your teeth are supported by your facial and jaw bones. When teeth are removed, either surgically, or by pulling, it leaves a gap. As the gap heals, the “alveolar ridge” bone in that area narrows and loses density because it does not have to support the tooth or bite forces.
Dentures won’t assist in maintaining bone density, and eventually, you’ll even have to have them re-fitted due to the narrowing ridge. But since implants are secured within the bone, they maintain the alveolar ridges and bone density. The sooner a dental implant is placed after a tooth is removed, the easier the transition.
Remaining Teeth: Whether you have most of your teeth remaining or none at all, it’s important to replace the missing ones before you experience bone loss. Placing a partial denture between remaining teeth is a solution, but implants maintain bone density and tooth alignment better.
If you have no remaining teeth, dentures can actually be fitted to snap onto implants. This provides a prosthetic with all the benefits of a denture and an implant. It can be removed for daily cleaning while the implant supports bone density.
Bony Structures: Some people have outcroppings of bone called “tori.” Though they may occur on the roof or between the gum and cheek, they typically grow along the lower jaw, between the teeth and the tongue. Tori aren’t usually painful or even bothersome, but they can cause problems in fitting dentures. A dental implant, however, sits like a natural tooth, so you don’t have to worry about it fitting over the torus.
Dental Hygiene: Whether you have dentures, dental implants, or all of your natural teeth… you must care for them properly. Negligence causes more health problems for your mouth and can affect the rest of your body.
Traditional dentures must be cleaned after eating and left to soak overnight. You must still clean your gums, and brush/floss between any remaining teeth.
Dental implants may be cared for like your natural teeth, though somewhat more carefully. If you have a hard time taking care of your teeth already, traditional dentures do not make it any easier.
Contact Raleigh Dental Arts for more information. Your dental health needs come first; we’ll help you make a plan to move forward in a positive direction. Check out our smile gallery and discover how Raleigh Dental Arts can create your one-of-a-kind dental makeover!