Implant Dentures in Katy

implant-denturesYou Have an Alternative to Dentures!

If you’ve worn dentures for years or if the possibility of wearing dentures looms large in your future, Dr. Colin Lathrop would like to talk to you about implant supported dentures. While traditional, removable dentures rest on top of the gums and are help in place using suction and denture adhesives, implant dentures are secured via titanium posts anchored within the jaw. Implant dentures help wearers avoid many of the problems experienced by removable denture wearers.

Types of Implant Supported Dentures

Recent innovations in dental implant technology have broadened the way we place implant secured dentures, including All-on-4 dentures that can be adequately secured using only four implant posts. With traditional dental implants, you must wait for several months for the implant to fully heal and fuse with the surrounding bone tissue before receiving your full or partial denture. While this healing period is absolutely essential for the success of your dental implant, many patients would prefer a more immediate option. For the right patient, we can place immediate dentures on the same day the implants are surgically inserted. This allows patients to enjoy the aesthetics and functionality of their new teeth while the implants heal.  Of course, this type of implant supported denture may not be the right solution for every patient, so working closely with Dr. Lathrop is key.

Benefits of Implant Supported Dentures

Dental professionals and dental patients are excited about implant supported dentures for a reason. Some of the many benefits they boast include:

  • Improved stability. With implant supported dentures, you will not need denture adhesives and your new teeth will not slip or slide while you speak and eat.
  • Dramatically improved chewing ability. Even with practice, removable denture wearers will always have difficulty chewing certain foods, like steak or raw fruits and vegetables. With implant supported dentures, patients enjoy an incredible 80-90% restoration of normal chewing ability.
  • A longer lasting dental prosthetic. Dental implants can last well over 20 years with proper care. No other dental prosthetic comes close to that.
  • Maintain bone health. When you lose a tooth, your body stops sending nutrients to that area of the jaw. As a result, the bone begins to deteriorate, a condition that can lead to a sunken in appearance and could even prompt further tooth loss. Dental implants continue to exert pressure within the jaw, thus stimulating the delivery of nutrients crucial to good bone health.

Are Implant Supported Dentures Right for You?

Dental implant supported dentures and partials are a wonderful solution for the right patient. However, certain conditions might preclude you from qualifying for dental implant candidacy. Preexisting medical conditions, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, can inhibit healthy healing and patients with these conditions generally will not make good implant candidates. In addition, lifestyle habits such as cigarette smoking and poor oral hygiene will disqualify you from dental implant candidacy. Dr. Lathrop prefers to determine implant candidacy on an individual basis, so scheduling a consultation is very important.

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