In the heart of Calgary, a dental revolution is unfolding. An innovative solution to age-old dental problems, implant-supported dentures, is redefining how we view tooth replacement. Tucked away in our beautiful city at Beddington Denture Centre, we’re excited to pull back the curtain on this cutting-edge procedure and help you understand its transformative potential.
What Are Implant-supported Dentures?
Gone are the days when dentures sat loosely on the gums, causing discomfort and inconvenience. Implant-supported dentures herald a new era in dentistry. They are prosthetics that rest on, and are anchored by dental implants. Instead of merely resting on your gums like traditional dentures, these advanced dentures are attached to implants surgically placed in your jawbone. It's like giving your dentures deep-seated roots!
Benefits of Implant-supported Dentures
Enhanced Stability: Remember that feeling of anxiety when biting into an apple with traditional dentures? With implant-supported dentures, such worries vanish. The denture is secured in place, offering unparalleled stability.
Reduced Bone Loss: One of the unspoken concerns with regular dentures is the gradual loss of jawbone density. Implants stimulate the bone, mimicking the effect of natural tooth roots, and preventing bone deterioration. Please note that bone loss is reduced (not prevented 100%).
Enhanced Comfort: Say goodbye to sores and discomfort. As the dentures are firmly set, there’s reduced friction against the gums.
Natural Feel and Look: These dentures not only feel like your own teeth, but they also resemble them closely, giving you that authentic smile you've missed.
The Procedure: A Glimpse into the Journey
The process, though methodical, is straightforward:
Consultation at Beddington Denture Centre: First, our team assesses if you’re a good candidate (more on this soon). Assessment is to be done by a surgeon/dentist for a surgical procedure.
Implant Placement: Implants or surgery are to be done by a surgeon/dentist. Tiny titanium posts are surgically embedded into the jawbone. Calgary’s breezy evenings can’t cool down the excitement of this step!
Healing Phase: The bone and implant fuse in a process called osseointegration. This provides a robust foundation for the dentures.
Attachment of Dentures: Once healed, the prosthetic teeth are attached, and voila! A renewed smile graces your face.
Who's an Ideal Candidate?
Though implant-supported dentures offer a myriad of benefits, they're not for everyone. Ideal candidates typically have:
Adequate bone density to support the implants.
Good overall health, as surgeries are involved.
Commitment to excellent oral hygiene; implants need love too!
Patience, as the procedure, from consultation to final attachment, can span several months.
Traditional vs. Implant-supported Dentures: The Showdown
Though traditional dentures have served many for years, the implant-supported variants bring a fresh gust of innovation.
Stability: Traditional ones might slip; implant-supported ones stand their ground.
Bone health: Traditional dentures can lead to bone loss over time; their counterparts stimulate and preserve bone.
Maintenance: Both need good care, but implant-supported dentures often have the edge in durability and long-term oral health benefits.
However, it’s also worth noting that implant-supported dentures:
Involve surgical procedures.
Might be costlier upfront (though many argue the long-term benefits justify the investment).
Require a longer treatment timeline.
Conclusion: A Bright Smile in Calgary’s Sunshine
Calgary’s vibrant spirit deserves a dental solution that matches its dynamism. Implant-supported dentures, with their myriad benefits, stand tall as a promising prospect for the future of tooth replacement.
For Calgarians contemplating a switch or delving into the world of dentures for the first time, Beddington Denture Centre is at the forefront of this dental renaissance. Our doors (and smiles!) are always open to answer questions, alleviate concerns, and guide you towards a brighter, firmer smile.
(Visit Beddington Denture Centre's website for more information and to book a consultation today!)