Lost or missing teeth not only have a negative impact on one’s appearance, but their absence can also greatly reduce one’s oral health. An individual’s teeth are essential for everyday functions such as chewing and speaking. Over time, missing teeth can lead to the deterioration of the jawbone and facial structure, as well as severe bite imbalances and unwanted tooth shifts.
The dental care experts at Lithia Springs Cosmetic & Family Dentistry are proud to provide top-quality, natural-looking dentures to our patients who have lost some or all of their teeth. We offer our patients multiple options for dentures, including denture stabilization implants and fixed dentures.
Denture Stabilization Implants
A denture consists of prosthetic artificial teeth that are attached to a gum-colored base. They are worn inside of the mouth in order to give the appearance and function of healthy natural teeth. Once a patient becomes fully accustomed to their dentures, they can feel natural and comfortable to wear. The oral care experts at Lithia Springs recommend either removable dentures with denture stabilization implants or fixed dentures because of their superior strength and stability when compared with traditional suction-based dentures.
Removable dentures with denture stabilization implants utilize a permanently implanted metal framework that is designed to keep the wearer’s removable dentures secure and in place even while talking or eating. This framework can be inserted into an individual’s gums in just one minimally-invasive surgery. While this framework ensures that the user’s dentures are kept in place when needed, they can also be removed by the user for easy cleaning and then quickly reinserted for general use. It is recommended that users replace their set of removable dentures every three to eight years.
Fixed dentures are permanently held in place in the user’s mouth by using four to six dental implants. Unlike removable dentures, fixed dentures cannot be removed by the user and instead remain inside the mouth at all times. Since the dental implants function much like natural tooth roots, most users state that fixed dentures feel exactly like natural teeth. Many people with missing teeth opt for fixed dentures because of their unparalleled strength and stability when talking and eating. With proper maintenance and care, fixed dentures are designed to last a lifetime.
If you or a loved one is looking for an effective option for replacing missing or lost teeth, please contact our dental experts for a consultation. You can call our office at (770) 824-8916 to arrange an appointment.