Complete tooth loss is no longer an expected destiny for most Americans. With the emphasis on education and the prevention of dental diseases, most adults can expect to live their entire lives with most, if not all, of their natural teeth. Still, there are times when tooth loss is a reality. Due to periodontal disease, decay, or trauma, it may be necessary to remove teeth. In these instances, the challenge is to replace the missing teeth in a manner that looks and feels most comfortable for the patient. If you are struggling with uncomfortable dentures in San Diego, our oral surgeons may be able to help. For many years, dentures have been a commonly accepted method of replacing all of the upper or lower teeth. Most dentures can be produced quickly and inexpensively, an understandable advantage for most patients. Unfortunately, as the gums and jaw bone change shape, a new challenge begins to emerge. Many denture wearers find that the fit and feel of the denture constantly changes. For most patients, adhesive pastes and creams are unacceptable, leading to frustration and discomfort. More and more, denture wearers are turning to an oral surgeon for help. Research has shown that dental implants are an effective method of anchoring the denture to the jaw bone, providing stability and security. Patients who may have been unsatisfied with their existing dentures have found a renewed sense of confidence, simply by adding dental implants. Part of the appeal for dental implants can be found in their versatility. Most healthy adults are candidates for dental implants. Patients who have lost bone structure due to years of tooth loss can still be candidates for implants. Existing dentures can be modified to attach to implants, or newer, implant-retained dentures can be designed. Denture wearers are quickly learning that it is possible to replace all of the missing teeth, while maintaining a high level of comfort and function. If you are dissatisfied with your current dentures, call 866.737.6583 and talk to our oral surgeons today about the ways that you could use implants to improve the quality of your life.
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