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Sep
19

Dental Implants For Anchoring Dentures

Posted in Dental Implants

Even thought tooth loss is almost entirely preventable, millions of Americans have missing teeth.  Missing teeth is particularly widespread among older American.  It is estimated that more than 20 million Americans over the age of 65 are missing all of their teeth.  For generations, dentures have been the primary tooth replacement alternative for older Americans who have lost all or most of their teeth.   Approximately 90 percent of those suffering from full or nearly full tooth loss have dentures.

As anyone who has dentures knows, dentures can be a lot of trouble.  They can slip, become uncomfortable to wear, and are accompanied by the taste of dental adhesive.  Denture wearers can have difficulty eating leading to dietary changes that adversely affect the person’s health.  Dentures can also cause speaking problems which cause the person to lose self confidence and avoid social situations.

Dental implants can make a world of difference for denture wearers.  Dental implants are titanium alloy anchors that are implanted in the patient’s jawbone.  In many cases dental implants are used to anchor a single replacement tooth, but they can also be used to anchor dentures firmly in place.

For denture wearers, instead of replacing each individual tooth with a dental implant, two to four dental implants are placed in the jawbone and a special type of denture is attached to the implants.  The result is a full set of teeth that are as secure and functional as natural teeth.  The patient can chew and speak with confidence and the chewing forces help stimulate bone growth in the jawbone.

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