According to the American Academy of Prosthodontists, almost 40 million Americans are missing all of their teeth. Previously, these patients only had the option of removable complete dentures. While some people do just fine with dentures, others struggle greatly. In many cases, patients suffer because they are wearing loose-fitting, or unstable dentures.
This does not always mean that the denture itself is inadequate – even a well-fitting denture has the ability to move around during use. This movement results in inefficient chewing forces, sore spots, and destruction to the underlying bone causing it to wither away at an unnaturally fast rate. Sometimes a patient can wear dentures comfortably for many years, but over time, the loss of underlying bone causes increasing difficulties.
Many denture wearers do not realize that there is an alternative. Dental Implant Treatment can be life changing for a denture patient. For patients new to denture wearing, Dental Implants provide a way to stabilize the dentures, preventing that destructive movement and providing a solid chewing surface. For experienced denture wearers, Denture Implants can provide stabilization like they’ve never had before, allowing them to once again enjoy the foods that they love and to smile with confidence.