Losing teeth can have a greater effect than simply making it harder to chew—if you wear dentures, you may have already realized the damage it can cause to your quality of life and self-esteem. Many people with missing teeth tend to feel older, less attractive, and less strong and vital. More than psychological, dentures can lead to health risks, including malnutrition, poor digestion, and extreme jaw bone loss. We understand how much missing teeth and dentures affect the emotional and physical wellbeing of our patients, which is why we offer solutions with dental implants at our Glen Ellyn, IL office. Tooth replacements, like implant retained and implant supported dentures, don’t just work at a medical level, they also make you feel better about yourself and enjoy life more, restoring your quality of life and self-confidence!
We stabilize a loose denture by placing between 2 and 6 dental implants in the bone beneath it, creating either an implant retained solution or implant supported dentures. Dental implants are man-made replacements for natural teeth that serve as an anchor to which a replacement tooth or several artificial teeth can be secured. Implant retained dentures or overdentures, which use two dental implants, are a major improvement over ordinary, removable equivalents. Implant supported dentures are the next step in comfort, usually requiring 4 to 5 dental implants in the lower jaw and 5 to 6 in the upper jaw to maximize strength and support. In this case, the denture, although still removable, rests not on the patient’s gums but on a highly stable supporting bar that attaches to dental implants. Implant supported dentures are more expensive than implant retained dentures but are far more comfortable and stable, as all support is provided by the implant bar. Using advanced guided technology, our experienced implant team both places and restores these solutions while you are comfortably sedated.
Thanks to dental implants, you no longer need to live with the physical limitations of dentures—or the emotional discomfort they cause. Choosing implant retained or implant supported dentures can improve your quality of life significantly with options that fit your situation and budget. If you have missing teeth, schedule a consultation with us. You have options!