Tooth loss can affect every aspect of your daily life, from eating and speaking to socializing and meeting new people. According to the American College of Prosthodontists, 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth, and about 40 million Americans experience complete tooth loss. Also, the risk for tooth loss increases as we age, with 30% of adults between ages 65-74 having no remaining natural teeth.
Fortunately, there is a life-changing solution to tooth loss: hybrid implant dentures! Hybrid implant dentures, also called All-on-4 or implant dentures, can replace missing teeth with more stability than ever before. At Frontier Dental, we offer various high-quality tooth replacement options, including the incomparable All-on-4 implant dentures.
But first, let’s talk a little more about tooth loss and why it’s so important to replace missing teeth.
Common Causes of Tooth Loss
There are several reasons why a person can lose a tooth or several teeth. However, the most common causes of tooth loss are dental decay, gum disease, bone disease, and trauma. Studies have shown that 15-20% of adults aged 33-44 years have some form of gum disease, while 30% of adults aged 65-74 years have no natural teeth.
Here are some of the main causes of tooth loss:
- Gum disease
- Jawbone loss
- Certain medications
- Certain medical conditions (e.g., diabetes)
- Smoking and tobacco use
- Dry mouth from medications or hormonal changes
- Poor oral hygiene
- Age and natural wear
If left untreated, tooth loss can lead to other health issues, such as jaw bone loss and heart disease. However, replacing a missing tooth or teeth can lower one’s risks of developing potentially harmful health conditions. Ultimately, we believe that a healthy smile can lead to a happier, healthier life!
Overdentures vs. Hybrid Implant Dentures
Patients with tooth loss often wonder about overdentures vs. hybrid implant dentures. Though each type of denture has its own unique advantages, Frontier Dental believes there are special benefits to having implant dentures.
What Are Hybrid Implant Dentures?
Hybrid implant dentures are dentures anchored to dental implants that provide patients with durable, reliable, and natural-looking replacement teeth. One of our skilled prosthodontists strategically places four or more biocompatible implant posts throughout the arch to support the prosthetic teeth.
Benefits of Implant Dentures
#1 Simulate the Look, Fit, and Function of Natural Teeth
Before we install your new smile, one of our prosthodontists measures your mouth so they can create the most comfortable and complementary implants for your unique needs and smile goals. From measurements and impressions, we develop a new set of teeth that seamlessly fit the size and shape of your mouth.
Once the impression is sent to the lab and we place the denture, no one will notice that your teeth are not real!
#2 Improved and Comfortable Chewing
Losing teeth can impact the way you chew food. Even with regular dentures, chewing can be a challenge, especially if they tend to slip or shift position in your mouth. Fortunately, hybrid implant dentures are designed with enhanced stability and durability so they can withstand chewing forces. With these dentures, you can finally enjoy your favorite meals and chew food without worrying about damaging your dentures.
#3 Low Maintenance
Another benefit to having hybrid implant dentures is that they are very easy to clean and maintain. You can clean and care for your implant dentures just as you would your natural teeth: brush twice daily and floss at least once daily. Rarely do implant dentures break, but if they do, our implant experts at Frontier Dental.
#4 Enhanced Appearance
When you have a complete set of beautiful, white teeth, it can make a world of difference in your life. Not only does a full smile boost your self-confidence, but it also enhances your appearance. Hybrid implant dentures support facial muscles, resulting in a more youthful and energized appearance. Also, they promote jaw bone health and prevent bone loss.
#5 Secure and Stable Fit
One of the biggest issues people have with dentures is that they can move around in the mouth. This can be very uncomfortable, and it can also cause damage to the denture. Hybrid implant dentures naturally integrate into the jaw, so they become a part of your body, and they are locked in position, so they don’t shift or loosen. To ensure your dental implants remain strong, functional, and in good condition, we agree with the American College of Prosthodontists that you visit your prosthodontist at least every six months.
Are You Ready for Implant Dentures in Medina?
Our highly skilled and experienced team of prosthodontists and oral surgeons aim to provide the highest quality restorative dentistry in Medina, OH, and beyond.
If you live with missing teeth and have difficulty chewing food, speaking clearly, or smiling with confidence, perhaps it’s time to consider hybrid implant dentures. These permanent tooth replacements are considered by many to be one of the best implants available today.
Contact our Medina dental office today for more information about hybrid implant dentures, or schedule your consultation with one of our dentists.
We look forward to restoring your smile!