Dental Implants Minot, ND

Why Dental Implants May Be Dentures’ BFF

Dental Implants Minot, NDTooth loss is an important matter regardless of the number of teeth that are no longer present in the mouth. The team at Broadway Family Dentistry understands, and we put our best into recreating optimal structure as needed. In many cases, we recommend that denture wearers, or those who are facing dentures, consider adding dental implants into their future smile. Dentures and dental implants are both referred to as tooth-replacement options; but their differences make them the perfect pairing; best friends for life.

How Dentures and Implants Coexist

The best way that we can explain the relationship between dentures and dental implants is to say that it is the same relationship shared by your natural teeth and their roots. In the natural scenario, roots tether every tooth to the jawbone. Roots also send vibrations through the periodontal ligament into the bone, which signals the body to regenerate new tissue. In the denture-implant scenario, tiny titanium posts stand in for roots; they secure dentures into place and continue to provide the jawbone with the necessary stimulation to regrow rather than resorb.

Benefits of Implant Supported Dentures

There are a few notable reasons that patients appreciate the support gained from a few well-placed dental implants:

  • Optimal confidence through ultimate functionality. When you chew and speak and smile with your natural teeth, you feel confident. Nothing should slide out of place or fall out. Securing dentures to a few implants achieves the stability that is needed to assure your conversations and meals do not end with self-consciousness or embarrassment.
  • Natural look, natural feel. One of the downfalls to dentures is that the smile tends to look artificial. This may have been the case years ago, but not so much anymore. We put a great deal of time and effort into the creation of authentic looking false teeth; teeth that look just like your own. When this is coupled with the placement of dental implants, the only thing better than the look of your smile is the structural security you enjoy when you use your new teeth.
  • Long-term facial support. Teeth support lips, and the jawbone supports facial structure. Because implants retain the foundation of bone, the face experiences far less, if any, of the usual signs of denture wear, such as sunken lips.

Learn more about implant-supported dentures when you visit our Minot family dentistry practice. Call (701) 839-1299.

Tips to Keep Smiling with Dentures

denturesLearn to live with dentures can be an adjustment. You may experience areas of soreness of discomfort, and you may find it difficult to talk or chew in the way you’re accustomed for the first little while. It’s also possible for you to have an increase in saliva flow during the first few weeks of wearing your dentures. Not only can these issues be a nuisance as you get used to your new chops, it can also make you self-conscious. Take heart: these inconveniences go away in time (typically after about 30 days), leaving you to enjoy your new smile relatively trouble-free.

Here’s how to wear your dentures with self-confidence:

  • Keep them clean. At bedtime, remove your dentures and use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean them. Use the same brush to massage your gums gently, removing any lingering food particles. Place them in a contained filled with denture-friendly liquid and rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash before calling it a day.
  • Go easy on the denture adhesive. Good-fitting dentures require a small amount of denture adhesive to keep them securely in place. When your dentures get older and don’t seem to fit as well, it can be tempting to remedy this by using a larger amount of adhesive. The better idea is to visit your dentist as soon as possible to improve fit and comfort of your existing dentures or discuss the possibility of getting new ones.
  • Easy slowly. As you adjust to your new mouth, it’s best to start with soft, easy-to-chew foods, and cut your food into small bites. Don’t feel rushed during meals; the more deliberate you are while eating, the more successful you will be at learning how to eat with new dentures.
  • Stand tall. Wearing dentures is an excellent way to improve your facial appearance AND your confidence. Don’t be afraid to smile!

Are you wondering if dentures may be right for you? Contact Dr. Stanley Hirst, DDS, and Bethany Jensen, DDS, at Broadway Family Dentistry today by calling 701-839-1299 to schedule a check-up.