Replacing missing teeth with implant-supported dentures is often the best option. The implants make it easy to chew and speak normally, and they look natural, too. Better yet, they're permanent, so you don't have to use sticky glue or special cleaning agents to care for them.
We don’t want missing teeth to stand in the way of your oral health. In Del City, Oklahoma, Dr. Samuel Sigmon, DDS, is an expert in implant-supported dentures, helping patients decide if implant-supported dentures are right for them. The new gold standard in tooth replacement, implants ensure optimal oral health.
What are implant-supported dentures?
Traditional dentures rest on top of your gums, relying on suction or sticky glues to keep them in place. This can make dentures feel loose or bulky. Implant-supported dentures keep artificial teeth firmly anchored in place.
Dr. Sigmon uses an artificial tooth root to begin the implant procedure. He then anchors the artificial tooth root to your jawbone using tiny posts made of biologically compatible titanium. A bridge or artificial tooth is attached once the titanium root has fused with your jawbone. In addition to looking and feeling like a natural tooth, your new implant performs all the same functions as one.
Benefits of implant-supported dentures
Implant-supported dentures are a stable, permanent solution to missing teeth. Implants not only improve your eating and speaking abilities, but they also give you a beautiful smile with straight, white teeth. There are many benefits of choosing implant-supported dentures over traditional dentures.
Improved chewing and speaking
Dentures are useful for replacing many teeth quickly, but they tend to slip and move around your mouth when you chew or speak. You can eat any kind of food and speak with confidence since implant-supported dentures function just like your real teeth. The implants also prevent pain due to dentures moving around in your mouth.
Prevent natural teeth from shifting
An unreplaced tooth sets off a chain reaction that affects your whole mouth. When a tooth is missing, the teeth next to it begin shifting towards the gap, trying to fill the empty space. After teeth have moved into new positions, your upper and lower teeth no longer meet when you chew or speak. Other teeth will also begin to tilt and shift as well. As a result of these small changes, more extensive changes begin to occur in the mouth, which can cause serious long-term issues.
Provide jaw support
When you chew, speak, or grind your teeth together, there are always a few teeth that tend to take the brunt of the force. With implant-supported dentures, jaw support is evenly distributed to all teeth equally, keeping them strong and secure.
When there is no tooth root to stimulate your jawbone, it begins to deteriorate, causing sunken cheeks and changes in your lip shape. However, with an implanted artificial tooth root, the jawbone at the implant site is preserved. Dentures supported by implants help you look younger since they reduce bone loss in the mouth.
Preserve good oral health
Dr. Sigmon doesn’t need to modify nearby teeth to place implant-supported dentures, so your natural teeth remain intact and your long-term oral health improves. Furthermore, implants promote better oral hygiene, making it easier to floss and keep your mouth healthy.
Missing a tooth? Don’t wait to see us
The sooner you begin treatment for a missing tooth, the better your oral health can remain. Losing a tooth and not replacing it right away with a dental implant causes jawbone deterioration over time. A replacement should be planned sooner rather than later.
Dr. Sigmon at Full Circle Dental Care is an expert in implant technology, restoring smiles and confidence to all patients. Schedule a consultation by sending us a message or calling us at 405-677-0516. We’re also accepting telehealth appointments, so schedule your virtual visit today.