Tooth loss in adults can occur for many different reasons including injury or disease. While regular removable dentures were previously seen as the best option to replace multiple missing teeth, this is no longer true. Dental implant technology offers patients a natural, long term solution for tooth loss. Patients with adult missing teeth in Clifton Park, NY can now see Dr. Neda Azadivatan for implant-supported dentures.
While traditional dentures simply rest on top of the gum line and often slip out of place, implant-supported dentures are attached to a set of dental implants for increased stability and functionality. In fact, not only do implant-supported dentures allow for easier eating and speaking, they provide necessary stimulation to the jawbone to prevent deterioration. These features combined make implant-supported dentures a much more stable and long term solution for tooth loss in adults.
There are two different types of implant-supported dentures to choose from:
Bar retained dentures rely on a metal bar that is shaped to fit the curve of your jaw. First, this bar is attached to a set of three or more dental implants. Then the dentures are attached to the bar using clips or another form attachment. In this way, the dentures are held steadily in place without relying on paste or other adhesives.
Ball-retained dentures rely on a ball and socket method for stability. Traditionally, a set of three or more dental implants are put in place and fitted with ball like attachments at the top. These attachments then correspond with a set of sockets found at the base of the denture. These are considered the most secure form of implant-supported dentures.
Implant-supported dentures have several advantages over traditional dentures that make them a superior solution for tooth loss in adults. Not only do they provide better stability and functionality, but they prevent bone deterioration as well. While traditional dentures need to be replaced every five to seven years, implant-supported dentures last much longer. For more information on how to treat adult missing teeth in Clifton Park, NY, contact Dr. Azadivatan and schedule your consultation today!