Traditional and Implant-supported Dentures
Dentures are appliances designed to replace a full or partial arch of missing teeth. Dr. Benjamin D. Ahlbrecht offers traditional and implant-supported dentures at our Indianapolis, IN, office. Our dentures are meticulously crafted to restore both form and function to your smile. During a consultation, you and Dr. Ahlbrecht can create a treatment strategy to restore the comfort and confidence you deserve.
Traditional dentures are removable and can replace some or all of the teeth in the upper jaw, the lower jaw, or both. They are held in place with a very mild dental adhesive. While they can restore aesthetics and some degree of chewing ability and enunciation, traditional dentures remain able to shift out of place when eating or speaking. Meanwhile, because the jaw will recede and change shape in the absence of tooth roots, traditional dentures will need to be periodically adjusted to accommodate these changes and maintain a comfortable fit. Implant-supported dentures eliminate these issues.
Dr. Ahlbrecht can provide the advanced treatment necessary to rebuild your smile and help you start enjoying life to the fullest.
Implant-supported dentures are attached to dental implants, which are titanium posts surgically embedded in the jawbone to replace tooth roots. Because they are anchored directly to the jawbone, they provide more function, comfort, and stability than traditional dentures. To qualify for dental implants, you must have sufficient jawbone tissue. If you have delayed addressing missing teeth, you may have experienced some jaw atrophy. If Dr. Ahlbrecht determines that you do not have sufficient jawbone tissue, you can elect to undergo a bone grafting procedure to replace lost tissue, restoring your candidacy. Once you have received implants, the devices will actually halt and, to a degree, reverse jawbone atrophy.
Which Type of Denture is Right for Me?
There are many factors to consider when choosing dentures. While implant dentures provide a wealth of unique benefits that traditional dentures do not, they are not always the best choice for every patient. For example, patients with diabetes or significant immune deficiencies may not be able to safely undergo implant surgery. Candidates who smoke must also be willing to cease the habit for good, since nicotine compromises the ability of the bones to properly heal, which is crucial to the success of dental implants.
Dr. Ahlbrecht is committed to helping each patient experience the best possible long-term benefits of every treatment he provides. During your consultation, you can expect that he will assess your medical history, the current state of your smile, and your goals to recommend a solution that will benefit you for many years to come.
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The health, balance, and comfort of your smile is integral to your quality of life. In fact, it can be quite easy to take this principle for granted until teeth have been lost. Fortunately, Dr. Ahlbrecht can provide the advanced treatment necessary to rebuild your smile and help you start enjoying life to the fullest. If you are suffering from missing teeth, please contact us today to schedule your consultation.
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