Dental Implants for Waco, TX Residents
Did you know that more than 35 million people in the U.S. are missing all of their teeth on one or both arches? Also, it is estimated that an additional 30 million people have bad teeth and/or periodontal disease, and will face losing teeth in the near future. In the past, the only solution for these patients has been dentures.
Problems with Dentures
A full denture is a set of artificial teeth that sits on the gums and provides an excellent cosmetic result. There are some definite drawbacks to dentures.
- Dentures are not fixed in place and tend to slip, move, and fall out.
- Dentures are uncomfortable and sometimes painful. Therefore, eating can be very unpleasant and difficult.
- With dentures, you only have about 25% of your natural chewing capacity impacting what you can eat.
- Many denture wearers report a lack of confidence in the stability of dentures. They fear their dentures will slip or fall out during normal day to day activities
- Upper dentures cover the roof of your mouth with plastic, this impacts the taste of food and can be uncomfortable.
- In addition, dentures do not stop the problem of bone loss. Patients continue to loose bone throughout their life leading to ill-fitting dentures over time.
Dental Implants are a Preferred Solution
Dental implants have proven to be an ideal solution for those missing all of their teeth on one or both arches:
- Dental implants are fixed in place and do not move, and dentures can be attached directly to implants allowing for a much more comfortable experience.
- Dental implant-supported teeth give you back 95% of natural biting and chewing capability allowing you to eat whatever you want.
- Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth. You can be confident in your day to day activities and do not need to worry about your teeth.
- Dental implants stop bone loss. Implants actually allow you to maintain the level of bone you currently have.
Versatile Care with Dental Implants
The type of restoration you need depends on how many teeth you need to replace. The good news is that this service is versatile enough to work with all manner of restorations, from single crowns to bridges and dentures. In each case, your restoration is supported by one or more titanium implants. These implants act like prosthetic roots holding your custom-made restoration in place and ensuring results that look and feel natural.
A Full Arch of Teeth Can Now be Replaced with Four to Six Implants, Without Bone Grafting
The best option for replacing all of your teeth is a fixed hybrid denture, also known as an All-on-4 prosthesis. In this situation between 4 and 6 implants are placed in each arch. The prosthesis is permanently attached to the implants and not removed. This is the closest to your natural teeth that can be achieved.
In some situations a fixed hybrid is not the best solution. In this instance, an implant overdenture is a great option. This provides the benefits of implants, but the denture is still removed by the patient. In this scenario 2 or 4 implants are placed in each arch and the denture snaps onto the implants.
A third option is the placement of mini-implants. In this scenario Dr. Cobb places 4 mini-implants in the lower arch and in most cases, adapts existing dentures to snap onto these implants. This is a lower cost alternative to the previous options but these implants are not as stable and may need to be replaced over time. The cost in our office for this procedure is $2,000 and in most instances the implants and conversion of the denture are completed in one visit.