Missing teeth are a widespread condition. Most Americans will be missing at least one tooth before they turn 50, and 25 percent of people over the age of 60 are missing all of their teeth. There are multiple options available to those who want to replace one tooth or multiple teeth. Dentures have long been the most common treatment, but using dentures alone can lead to complications such as deterioration of the jaw line. Because of this risk, dental implants have become a popular alternative. Implants are attached to the jawbone, preventing jawbone deterioration, and they are especially popular for replacing one or two teeth. What many people do not know is that they can get implant supported dentures in Jacksonville, FL. These are full or partial sets of dentures that are secured by underlying dental implants.
Why Implant Supported Dentures Are Better for You
As mentioned above, one of the primary concerns for denture users is the health of the jawbone. Teeth affect the health of the surrounding bone, and when a tooth is no longer present, the bone starts to disappear. Dental implants counteract this problem. When implants are placed, they are attached directly to the bone in a fashion similar to that of a real tooth. This stimulates bone growth and strengthens the area around the implant, protecting the overall health of the jawbone. Another benefit of dental implants is that they last forever if they are cared for properly.
For people who need many or all of their teeth replaced, implant supported dentures allow the best qualities of implants and dentures to be combined. Implants protect the bone and help secure the dentures, and the dentures provide full, strong arches of teeth. As few as four to eight implants are enough to anchor a set of dentures.
If you are interested in talking with a prosthodontist about implant supported dentures, give us a call at (904) 281-0658 to schedule an appointment with Dr. William Gielincki.