For people in the Plano, TX area who have lost all their teeth, full dentures are a time-tested solution to the problems of chewing food thoroughly and smiling without embarrassment. Most of the time.
Today’s modern dentures are a far cry from the uncomfortable, ill-fitting dentures of several decades ago. But there’s one thing that holds true about dentures, even with the space-age materials that dentists use now.
Traditional dentures can slip or slide in the mouth. That’s really uncomfortable and makes it hard to eat and enjoy food. But that’s not the worst thing.
Sometimes, dentures even pop out unexpectedly. That’s embarrassing, to say the least.
How Full Dentures Work
A full denture replaces an entire “arch” of missing teeth, top or bottom. The replacement teeth are firmly embedded in a gum-colored base that slides over your gums and fits closely. With the close fit, and the aid of some denture adhesive, dentures generally stay put.
Generally, but not always. If you’re among close friends and/or eating at home, having one or both dentures slip may not be that big of a deal. But if you’re out in public, it can be mortifying.
All-on-Four® Dental Implants Are the Solution
Dental implants are small titanium screws that are inserted through the gum and into your jaw. Your bone bonds firmly to the metal through a process called osseointegration. The result is a replacement tooth “root” that’s anchored just as firmly as natural tooth roots.
That titanium screw is designed to have a dental restoration– a crown, a bridge, or a denture – firmly attached. Implant-supported dentures are completely secure and absolutely will not slip, slide, or come out unexpectedly.
The All-on-Four implant process works for people whose underlying bone isn’t thick enough to handle the stress of chewing with traditional implants. In the All-on-Four process, the two rear implants are angled to provide more contact with the bone and more support.
With four dental implants for one arch, your denture will remain firmly in place. There’s absolutely no need for denture adhesive.
Are You A Candidate for All-on-Four® Implants?
At 1st in Smiles in Plano,TX, Dr. Rick Barfield has been caring for people’s dental health for 30 years. He has the knowledge and experience to determine the best dental option for you.
The process begins by making an appointment with our office by phone or online. Dr. Barfield will perform a thorough examination and use the latest dental technology, including our intraoral cameras and digital X-rays, to diagnose, plan, and place your implants.
You Don’t Have to Live With Dentures That Slip
The prospect of getting dental implants may sound scary. Our caring and highly experienced staff at 1st in Smiles will take care to make you feel at ease and relaxed every time you visit our office. We’ll explain every procedure thoroughly and we’re happy to proceed at a pace you’re comfortable with.