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If you already have dentures that you love, or if you know that you want to replace missing teeth with a denture, then implant-stabilized dentures might be perfect for you. Our Saint Louis dentures dentists use implant roots to make dentures more comfortable, natural looking, and secure.

So let’s learn more about how dental implant roots can be used with dentures for exceptional results.

If you already have dentures, our dental team will take a look at them to see

1. how they fit now

2. whether they can be retrofitted to be compatible with implant roots

3. how many implant roots will likely be necessary to stabilize the denture

If it turns out that you are a good candidate for implant stabilized dentures, our dental team will plot out where along your gum line we will surgically insert the implant roots. Generally, it takes only about four implants to keep a full denture in place.

The dentures that you use with your implant roots will be specially designed on the bottom, so that the denture will fit snugly into place over the implant roots that extend out of your gum tissue. Once the implant is in place, it will be attached permanently in your smile.

An implant-stabilized denture allows the patient to speak naturally, and eat and drink easily. These dentures also look natural; you don’t have to worry about them sliding around or popping out of your mouth when you’re going through your daily life.

If you want to learn more about all of your tooth replacement options, including dentures and dental implants, please feel free to contact our Saint Louis dentures dentists at your convenience. And please know that no matter how many teeth you are currently missing, our dental team can help you reclaim a beautiful and strong smile.

Our Saint Louis dental office is committed to helping patients smile even after tooth loss. Although it can be traumatizing to lose a tooth, it doesn’t have to ruin your smile forever. With modern dentistry, you really can have a beautiful, strong smile for years to come.

     · The most common cause of tooth loss among adults is actually periodontal disease. If left to progress untreated, gum disease can infect the bone and connective tissues that hold your teeth in place. As these tissues deteriorate, your teeth become loose and eventually fall out.

     · You may also lose teeth if you put of necessary dental care and allow cavities to grow. Although cavities begin at the outer dental enamel of the tooth, they move inward toward to the dental pulp, nerve endings, and connective tissues over time. Eventually your tooth will become so diseased that it has to be removed or it falls out.

     · Some patients also lose teeth due to accident or trauma.

The good news is that no matter why you lose a tooth, there are restorative dental treatments that can help you regain your stellar smile. Our office provides dental implants and dentures in Saint Louis—two effective and aesthetically pleasing replacement tooth options.

Dentures sit on top of the gum line. They restore the seamless look of your smile, and they allow patients to eat, drink, and speak comfortably. Dental implants are individual replacement teeth that are surgically implanted where the tooth used to sit. Many patients chose dental implants because they look and feel like natural teeth.

As a patient, the best thing you can after losing a tooth is to contact your dentist right away. With prompt treatment, you can avoid many of the long-term complications of tooth loss. Our Saint Louis dentists are here for you—give us a call or schedule your appointment online!

Dental technologies, like all technologies, evolve and improve over time. While it used to be that the only options for patients with missing teeth were dentures and bridges, now dental implants make it easier than ever to enjoy strong, durable, and attractive replacement teeth. Our Saint Louis dental office wants to help you understand what dental implants can do for you, so read on to learn more about how dental implants are unique.

Traditional dentures and bridges sit on top of the gum line. Dentures are attached to the gum tissue with adhesive, and bridges are held in place by small wires that attach them to adjacent teeth.

Dental implants, on the other hand, are held in place because they are actually rooted into the jawbone. The titanium root of the dental implant is actually surgically placed in the jaw, so that the titanium root serves as the tooth root. The titanium of the root bonds with natural bone, forming a superior foundation for the dental restoration that is placed on top.

Consequently, patients with dental implants don’t have to worry about their replacement teeth feeling loose or shifting around. Dental implants feel just like natural teeth, and they’ll allow you to eat your favorite foods without worry.

The dental implant placement process is lengthier than the processes for dentures and bridges. Because the dental implant is embedded in the bone, the bone and gum tissue must heal before your final dental restoration can be placed on top. However, once the implant is placed it could last for 10 or 15 years without needing to be replaced.

Our Saint Louis dental implant dentists can give you more information and help you determine which tooth replacement option is right for. Give is a call or schedule your personal consultation online to get started!

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