Senior Dental Care: Dental Implants to Anchor Dentures

Senior Dental

Its not your imagination. Denture fit can change over time. Shrinking gums, changes in your health, even the medicines that you take can all affect denture fit.

Denture pastes and strips are no fun, and it can still be difficult to talk, eat, or even smile. When your dentures dont fit properly, you may feel self-conscious and uncomfortable. Ill-fitting dentures can also ‘ageyour appearance by making your jaw or cheeks look different.

You can certainly ask your dentist for a new denture fitting, and perhaps a new pair of dentures, but theres another option for patients in otherwise good health who wear dentures: dental implants to anchor your dentures. Heres how they work.

Implants as Anchors

A dental implant uses a titanium screw that is surgically placed in the jaw to anchor a dental crown. The jaw and gums grow around the screw, and it acts like the ‘rootof the tooth.

Because dental implants function as if they are actual teeth, dentures, or rather dental bridges, can be anchored to them. This provides support and strength to the entire structure of your false teeth so that they do not move around while you talk, eat or smile.

Are You a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

Many people are good candidates for dental implants, but only your dentist can say for sure whether they are appropriate for you. At Bassett Creek Dental, were delighted when our senior patients take an active interest in their health and appearance and ask about dental implants. We take the time to get to know you, your health history and your lifestyle to see if you are indeed a good candidate for dental implants to replace your existing dentures.

Senior dental care begins at Bassett Creek Dental. To learn more about our services for seniors or to make an appointment for an evaluation for dental implants, please call us at 763-546-1301.