The condition of your teeth has a significant impact on your quality of life. San Diego denture wearers understand this all too well. The path from healthy teeth to a toothless mouth is downhill. Tooth decay and gum disease are painful. Treatments such as fillings and root canals are costly and inconvenient. If the teeth can’t be saved, tooth extraction brings more physical and psychological pain. Extraction is usually followed by bone recession.
While dentures are certainly preferable to having no teeth at all, they certainly come with a host of troubles. They can irritate gums and make breathing, eating, tasting food, talking, and laughing difficult. And dentures are not a once-and-your-done solution for missing teeth. As the jaw shrinks, they require relines.
But there is hope! Dental implant technology can significantly improve the quality of life for San Diego people who have been wearing traditional dentures. To a certain extent, implants halt the downhill progression of declining oral health due to tooth loss.
Dental implants can be used to replace several teeth and/or anchor over dentures. Mini dental implants (also called denture-stabilization implants) allow your dentist to securely attach an appliance so that it won’t slip or irritate gums. Small titanium posts are implanted into the jawbone and fuse with the surrounding bone, creating a stable base for an over denture.
Did you know that some La Mesa denture wearers retain only ten percent of their chewing ability? Implant-supported dentures can stop bone recession and restore near-normal chewing ability. Improved chewing function with implants can result in better nutrition and overall physical health. The psychological benefits are equally valuable. When Jeff Gray DDS patients are free of embarrassing denture-slipping, they are happier and more confident, and they socialize more often.
Before you spend money on another denture reline, talk to your La Mesa dentist about denture-stabilization implants.
Jeff Gray DDS provides industry-leading dentistry including teeth whitening, Invisalign, and porcelain veneers. Our courteous team is dedicated to improving the lives of our valued patients.
Call 619-337-7700 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gray. Jeff Gray DDS provides technologically-advanced general and cosmetic dentistry including sedation dentistry, instant orthodontics, and emergency dentistry. Our helpful team is zealous about oral health and dazzling smiles.