Many adults wear dentures. Traditional dentures can shift and slip, which causes problems with eating, speaking, and even smiling. They can also cause discomfort due to a poor fit and resulting irritation of the gums. For the right candidates, implant-supported dentures provide a better fit and far better function because they are attached directly to the jawbone. Dr. Thomas Zarger, Jr. in Knoxville, TN, can provide you with this life-changing solution, allowing you to experience a wealth of important benefits.
Why are Implant-Supported Dentures So Popular?
Traditional dentures are notorious for a number of shortcomings. While they can restore a normal appearance and a small degree of function, the truth is that if you ever feel like eating an apple or a rare steak, you must be prepared to spend time cutting your food into very small pieces first. With implant dentures, you can bite into any foods and begin chewing with virtually the same level of efficiency that a full set of healthy natural teeth would provide.
Meanwhile, because the dental implants hold the denture firmly in place, there is no rubbing or friction to irritate your gums. Perhaps most importantly, the implants provide the stimulation necessary to keep the jaw from shrinking and changing shape. While standard dentures may need regular adjustments, implant dentures need far fewer adjustments, if any.
In general, you may be a good candidate for implant-supported dentures if you:
- Are in good overall health
- Do not have tooth decay or gum disease
- Have enough bone tissue to support implants
- Wear dentures, or are in need of dentures
- Are missing most or all of your teeth on the upper or lower arch
- Are a non-smoker, or are willing to quit
Dr. Zarger will conduct a detailed screening to make certain you are a candidate for dental implants before recommending this treatment.
Placing Implant-Supported Dentures
Before you can be fitted with implant-supported dentures, it may be necessary to perform a few preliminary procedures. Your dentist will work to save any remaining teeth that can be restored by using treatments such as tooth-colored fillings, inlays and onlays, or crowns. Any remaining teeth that cannot be saved will need to be extracted. If you have suffered too much jawbone recession, you may need a bone grafting procedure before you can receive implants.
Once you have healed from any preparatory procedures, dental implants will be placed in the jaw during a surgical procedure. Once the implants have fused to the bone tissue (usually after about four to six months), Dr. Zarger can create and attach your dentures.
Contact Us Today
Choosing the right provider for your implant-supported dentures can help you experience many years of benefits. Dr. Zarger has over 30 years of experience in dentistry. He is a fellow of the American College of Dentists and a member of the International College of Dentists. We accept most insurance plans and major credit cards. We also offer financing options, including CareCredit® payment plans. Contact us online today or call (865) 693-7631 to schedule an appointment.