Implants Are for Denture Wearers, too!

Dental_ImplantsDentures are not inevitable for everyone, but for people of any age who have lost teeth due to decay, disease, or accident, dentures may not be the final step in tooth replacement.

“We are seeing more denture wearers choosing to move to a permanent bridgework anchored on implants,” says Dr. Carol Ford from her Phoenix cosmetic dentistry office.  Many people think dentures are the end of the line of dental care, but they aren’t. Getting dentures can be an adjustment, but dentures also allow you to chew food thoroughly, use both sides of your mouth, have a full smile, and enjoy more food than you could without all your teeth.

But dentures also have disadvantages. You can’t taste food as well, because an upper denture covers your palate, blocking the taste buds on the roof of your mouth. In an article on how our sense of taste effects the enjoyment of food, The Huffington Post reports “Similar to how the taste of food can be thrown off by closing off the nose, a person will notice the difference in taste without these sensory areas when one of these taste zones are accidentally burned by a piece of food.” While your sense of smell often makes up for your changed sense of taste, dentures are still not the same as your natural teeth.

With the increase in use of implants, dentures now can be used with implants to create a permanent bridge. If there are already implants, they can often be used along with dentures. Regular dentures rest on the gums. But dentures can also be attached to implants. In some cases, four implants are placed in the upper and/or lower jaw, and the denture is then attached to the implants permanently.

In the case of the upper jaw, the hard plastic palate, which gave shape and structure to the dentures can be cut away. The dentures are then attached to the implants and remain in the mouth and can be cleaned in the mouth as well.

“There are many opportunities for a bright, youthful smile,” says Dr. Ford, adding, “denture wearers have more choices for a natural smile than ever before.”

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