According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, “more than 30 million Americans are missing all of their teeth in one or both jaws.” Of those people, more and more are choosing dental implants to replace their teeth.
Are Dentures a Thing of the Past?
At the dental office of Craig Winkelmann, DDS, we have found that patients are choosing alternatives to dentures for tooth replacement. Many patients are discouraged from getting dentures because they do not want to deal with a limited diet, the inability to taste food, the clicking sounds dentures can make or the possibility of them slipping out at inopportune times. Although dentures may still seem to be the most economic choice, dental implants have become the preferred method of tooth replacement.
Dental Implant are Expensive, but there are Options
Some patients are surprised to find out that they don’t need a full set of dental implants to replace a full set of teeth. Replacing all teeth with dental implants can cost up to $50,000.00, often making them a not so feasible option for some patients. To help offset the need for complete mouth rehabilitation with dental implants, we recommend implant-supported dentures for patients needing to replace a full arch or both arches of teeth.
What are Implant Supported Dentures?
Implant-supported dentures are dentures stabilized in the mouth by dental implants. With implant-supported dentures, patients enjoy a full bite capacity and a natural looking set of teeth. Implant-supported dentures are anchored to the patient’s jaw bone using 2-6 dental implants, depending on the arch and the bone density of the patient’s jaw. Because the implant is connected to an implant, it does not have to cover the palate, therefore allowing patients to taste in addition to chew food.
Choosing Dental Implants and Implant Supported Dentures is a Healthier Choice than Traditional Dentures
One of the most surprising things people say about getting dental implants or implant-supported dentures is that it makes them feel younger. The stress and challenges of traditional dentures often have a psychological effect on the patient. In addition, the patient’s jaw is stimulated which helps maintain jaw bone density and health.
If you live or work in the Wake Forest area and would like to discuss your questions or concerns regarding dental implants or all tooth replacement solutions, we invite you to give Dr. Winkelmann a call or schedule an appointment online today.