I love dentistry because it allows me to change people’s lives for the better. Implant-supported dentures are a good example of this. Although traditional dentures are a practical solution for missing teeth, they can also create issues—the most significant being bone loss. The reason for this is that the roots of natural teeth stimulate the gums and jawbone, keeping them healthy. Once the roots are gone, the jawbone begins to shrink.
Fortunately, groundbreaking dental implant technology now offers a highly workable solution to the problems of traditional dentures. That solution is implant-supported dentures—dentures that are anchored to the jaw through dental implants.
Dental implants are artificial teeth which look and function like real teeth. Typically, a single artificial tooth is attached to a single screw which is inserted into the jawbone. However, with implant-supported dentures, about four to six implants are needed on the top and bottom to support a complete set of dentures.
Implant-supported dentures can be permanently fixed to the jaw or made to snap on and off the jaw, depending on the patient. In either case, the outcome is spectacular. The dentures fit well, preserve rather than erode the jawbone, are unlikely to slip and allow patients to eat many more of their favorite foods.
If you are concerned about the way your teeth look or are embarrassed about your smile, come see me for a no-charge consultation in my Rockville, MD office. I can help you get the exact smile you’ve always wanted. Call (301) 770-1070 . or fill out the form below.
Dr. Maryam Seifi, DDS