- July 12, 2017
Imagine this situation. A patient comes to a dentist office with just a few teeth. And honestly, those are in pretty bad shape.
This patient hasn’t been able to eat solid foods for years. He may be missing nutrients because of how the missing teeth have limited his diet.
He’s ready to make a change. He’s ready to rebuild his smile, and he would like to eat anything — steak, chicken, carrots, apples — that he wants to eat again.
With the modern dentistry we offer at our Holly, MI, office, this is possible. Full-mouth reconstruction is just one of the many services we offer at Holly Dental Care, and we know how life-changing it can be.
How We Can Rebuild More Than Your Smile
Once upon a time, and not that long ago, the only hope for a patient like the one described in our introduction would be dentures.
Modern dentures are made with more lifelike materials, so they do look more like natural teeth than ever before. However, traditional dentures still have some serious drawbacks.
First, they are not secure. They slip out of place when people talk, and they get pushed and pulled out of position when people try to eat.
Second, they only restore a fraction of your bite force. Research has shown that dentures wearers can regain about 25 percent of the biting power of a healthy person with a full set of teeth. Now, we would agree that 25 percent is better than nothing, but it’s hardly enough to eat whatever you want to eat.
This changed with the development of dental implants.
Implants replace the roots of missing teeth. They are embedded directly into the jawbone (just like the roots of teeth). As such, they provide a secure and stable foundation to support a set of dentures.
This means you can do more than tell that funny story about your last vacation or smile wide the next time one of your grandkids asks to take a picture with you. It means you can eat nearly as well as you could when you had all your teeth.
With dental implants to hold your dentures in place, you can order whatever you want when you dine out with your friends instead of limiting yourself to soup and soft foods.
Kinds Of Dental Implants
At Holly Dental Care, we offer both conventional and mini implants. There’s an important reason for this.
When you lose teeth, you also start losing bone in your jaw. Without going into all the specifics, just know that your jaw will continue to shrink without something to replace your roots.
This is why traditional dentures become looser with time. As your jaw shrinks, it changes the shape of your mouth, which also affects how dentures fit.
As replacements for your roots, dental implants help to maintain your jaw’s shape and size. The problem is that some patients don’t decide to get implants until years of living with dentures or with no replacement teeth whatsoever.
As a result, their jaws may not be large enough to support full-sized implants. With the development of mini implants, this has become less of a concern.
If your jaw is not substantial enough for full-sized implants, many times mini implants are the solution. Like conventional implants, a series of mini implants can be used to secure and stabilize a set of dentures so you can trust that they will stay in place.
If you have a healthy jawbone, you also may be interested in the All-on-4® procedure. This technique uses just four dental implants to securely and comfortably hold your dentures in place.
With most implant placements, you have to wait months as your mouth heals before you can support dentures. With All-on-4, we can attach a set of temporary dentures on the same day that you get your implants. As a result, you can start enjoying the benefits of having implants much sooner.
What Could We Do For You?
If you are frustrated with dealing with your dentures, stop by to visit Holly Dental Care.
If you are tired of living without teeth, call us at 877-321-1933.
Or if you are thinking of getting dentures but would rather have something stronger, fill out our online form to request a consultation.
With full-mouth reconstruction, you can feel confident about your smile, and you can eat your favorite foods once again.