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Replace Denture, Broken Bridge, Implant Supported Bridge

Posted Aug 24 2008 2:44pm

If you are missing all of your teeth, an implant-supported full bridge can replace your denture. What are the advantages of implant-supported full bridges and implant-supported dentures over conventional dentures?

Dental implants provide several advantages over other teeth replacement options. Oldercouple In addition to looking and functioning like natural teeth, implant-supported full bridges or dentures are designed to be long lasting. Implant-supported full bridges and dentures also are more comfortable and stable than conventional dentures, allowing you to retain a more natural biting and chewing capacity.

In addition, because implant-supported full bridges will replace some of your tooth roots, your bone is better preserved. With conventional dentures, the bone that previously surrounded the tooth roots begins to wither and deteriorate over time. Dental implants integrate with your jawbone, helping to keep the bone healthy and intact.

In the long term, implants can be more aesthetic and easier to maintain than conventional dentures. The loss of bone that accompanies conventional dentures leads to recession of the jawbone and a collapsed, unattractive smile. Conventional dentures make it difficult to eat certain foods.

We just had a patient from Lombard into the office about 5 months ago. He had 2 upper teeth remaining and his dentist in Naperville had recommended that he get a denture. He was terrified with the prospect of “having plastic all over his mouth,” and wearing a temporary flipper partial denture. His treatment required about 5 months to complete, he just finished his treatment. His comments were "even though the investment was considerable, there was almost no discomfort and I feel 30 years younger. Looks better too!"

Dr. Gibbs does place mini-implants in selected cases where the success rate is predictably high. In most cases he select conventional "full-size" implants, especially when greater long-term stability is required. His Glen Ellyn office sees patients from Wheaton, Naperville, Lombard, Schaumburg, Warrenville, Downers Grove, Lisle, and the Chicagoland area. He may be reached at SmileGlenEllyn.com.

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