Dentures that look and feel natural!

Dentures St. Louis, Dr. Michael A. WhiteDentures are replacements for missing teeth that can be removed from your mouth. While they take time getting used to, and will never feel exactly the same as natural teeth, today’s dentures are natural looking and more comfortable than ever.

There are two main types: full and partial. We will help you choose the type that is best for you. There are several factors that will be considered based on whether some or all of your teeth are going to be replaced and the cost involved.

Implant Supported Dentures

Regular dentures rest on your gums. Implant Supported are anchored in your mouth by dental implants. They can be placed in the upper or lower jaw. In Implant Supported Dentures they snap into place on the implants surgically placed in your jaw. This keeps the fit snug and prevents slipping. It also removes the need for pastes or adhesives. The Implant Supported can be removed at night for cleaning. If you have a Fixed Implant Supported Denture, your dentures will act as permanent teeth.

There are two types of Implant Supported Dentures, bar-retained and ball-retained. Both types require two or more dental implants to be placed and provide you with a beautiful, natural smile.

Bar-Retained Dentures

In the Bar-Retained, three or more implants are surgically placed in the gums. A metal bar is attached to these implants and runs along the gum line. The denture rests on the metal bar and is attached using clips or other types of attachments.

Many patients prefer this type over a traditional because it alleviates much of the discomfort and rubbing. The denture is held in place far more securely and is less likely to come loose.

Ball-Retained Dentures

Ball-Retained use a ball-and-socked design to attach the dentures to the implants which were surgically placed in the gums. The denture and implants snap together where the ball and sockets meet.

They are considered exceptionally secure and will allow for an open upper palate. Ball-Retained Dentures are less likely to slip or move in the mouth, and will allow wearers to eat more foods they love and speak more clearly!

Implant Supported Dentures vs. Traditional Dentures

Dentures are known for being uncomfortable and inconvenient. Common complaints are discomfort, embarrassment, and unhappiness with their smile. Dentures by themselves do not act as natural teeth. The lower piece is not anchored in place and can slip which prevents the wearer from eating the foods they love. Dentures can also cause bone loss because they do not stimulate the bone like natural teeth do.

Implant Supported Dentures provide comfort and confidence while eating. They act like natural, healthy teeth and stimulate the bone while preventing bone loss.

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