Are your dentures a serious source of frustration in your life? Does it seem like no matter what you do, they slip and slide around in your mouth? Do you fear embarrassment on a daily basis? If so, your dentures probably do not fit inside your mouth properly. But did you know that having your dentures relined and adjusted is just a temporary solution to the problem? Over time, the ridges on the jaw begin to wear down from friction, destabilizing the dentures and causing them to feel wobbly once again. There is, however, a solution that can stabilize dentures once and for all, and it involves the placement of dental implants. Read below as your Lake Forest IL dentist, Dr. James Fondriest discusses implant dentures and how they prevent many of the struggles that afflict denture wearers.
Dentures and Improper Fits
The difficulties stemming from ill-fitting dentures are seemingly endless. One such difficulty is the fact that dentures tend to slide around the mouth, causing a general feeling of instability. However, sliding dentures do more than feel unstable. They can also irritate the mouth, causing pain and frustration. Additionally, unstable dentures can make it difficult to speak. As the dentures slip and slide around the mouth, the facial muscles will tense in an attempt to keep them stable. By doing so, however, speech will be negatively affected. With the facial muscles tense, words tend to come out mumbled or slurred, causing further embarrassment and frustration.
Benefits of Implant Dentures
Implant-retained dentures, or implant dentures, can improve many of the difficulties faced by denture wearers on a daily basis. Because so many problems are the result of unstable dentures, implant dentures are a fantastic solution. The dental implants are surgically inserted into the jaw, where they fuse with the jawbone and anchor the dentures in position. With implants holding the dentures in place, they will not slip or slide. Speech tends to improve; the mouth does not suffer irritation; and there are additional benefits.
Implant dentures enable patients to eat a wider variety of foods, including apples and steaks, owing to the increased stability of the dentures. Patients may also find that their general sense of taste improves. This may happen because implant dentures, in contrast to traditional dentures, allow the palate to remain uncovered, thereby resulting in an improved sense of taste. The palate can remain uncovered because implant dentures rely on stability from the dental implants unlike traditional dentures, which rely on suction and thus must cover the palate. This distinction in the source of stability also raises one more benefit offered by implant dentures: a natural feel. Because they are anchored in place with dental implants in the jawbone, implant dentures feel more like natural teeth. Unlike traditional dentures, which rest on the gums, implant dentures have roots in the jawbone holding them in place. The result is a more natural feel that is sure to leave denture wearers smiling.
Implant Dentures from Your Lake Forest IL Dentist
If you choose to receive implant dentures from your Lake Forest IL implant dentist, Dr. Fondriest, you are opting for thorough and professional care. The first step in the process involves determining whether or not patients have the appropriate amount of healthy jawbone available to support the implants. To do so, Dr. Fondriest will take scans of the mouth. If there is not enough healthy bone available, bone grafting surgery may be able to provide the necessary bone tissue. If, however, Dr. Fondriest determines that the jawbone can sustain dental implants, the implants can then be placed into the jaw. Following this procedure, time must pass in order to allow the dental implants to fuse to the jawbone. This process (called osseointegration) may take about three months. Once osseointegration is complete, the dental implants can be uncovered and the dentures can be attached.
Schedule a Visit with Your Lake Forest IL Dentist
Are you tired or struggling with your dentures? Implant dentures can put a stop to your daily battle with your dentures. Contact our Chicago dentist office today at 847-234-0517 to schedule an appointment or a consultation with your Lake Forest IL dentist, Dr. Fondriest. Our dental office serves Chicago and Chicago’s North Shore suburbs.