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For decades, traditional dentures were the mainstay solution for full-arch teeth replacement. If you are a longtime denture-wearer, then you likely understand the drawbacks of conventional prostheses. While dentures are certainly better than having no teeth, they can still present a myriad of issues for many patients. For example, conventional dentures tend to shift around and slip out of place during routine tasks such as chewing, eating, and speaking. This can lead to dietary restrictions and trouble enunciating, not to mention a lack of confidence. Fortunately, advances in technology and techniques have provided denture alternatives that not only look natural but offer optimal function, as well. Securing your denture with dental implants can provide benefits that are nothing short of life-changing for the right patients.

Comparing Traditional vs. Implant-supported Dentures

Fewer innovations have improved the field of dentistry as much as dental implants. These medical-grade titanium posts are used to replace the roots of missing teeth. Implants are placed directly into the jawbone during a surgical procedure.

Implants are a game-changer for denture patients. While traditional dentures rely on adhesive or simply rest on the dental arch, implant-supported dentures are connected to dental implants for increased stability. If you are seeking alternatives to dentures, this option offers a lifelike, functional smile that can preserve your oral health for years to come.

With the widespread use of dental implants, there are reliable and dependable alternatives to dentures. 

The Only Option Which Preserves Bone Health

The most significant advantage of an implant-supported restoration is bone preservation. Natural tooth roots actively simulate the jawbone. This action prevents jawbone recession, which is a common effect of tooth loss. If a tooth is not replaced after it is lost or extracted, it could lead to significant jawbone atrophy over the years. However, dental implants actually mimic the function of dental roots to preserve the jawbone in the same way.

Patients who choose implant-supported restorations will typically enjoy enhanced oral health for many years. In fact, when properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime.

Additional Treatment Benefits

There are several additional advantages to this type of treatment. Implant-supported restorations offer:

  • More convenient: Traditional dentures must be removed and cleaned daily, and require messy adhesives. Fixed implant-supported options often require special cleaning tools but are much more convenient.
  • Increased stability: When compared to traditional dentures, implant-supported restorations offer unparalleled security and stability.
  • Improved oral health: By placing dental implants into the jawbone, your bone density will be preserved, and further bone loss will be prevented.
  • More flexible diet: Denture wearers often find it difficult to eat their favorite foods, such as steak and apples. Securing your restoration with implants can allow you to confidently eat an unrestricted diet.
  • Enhanced aesthetics: Implant-supported dentures remain firmly in place and rest directly against the gums. This makes them virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth.

Although implant-supported dentures are more expensive than traditional options, most patients consider them an invaluable investment in their health. Many dentists offer financing options to help manage out-of-pocket costs.

Understanding Your Options

With the widespread use of dental implants, there are reliable and dependable alternatives to dentures. By choosing an implant-supported prosthesis, you are not only enhancing the aesthetics of your smile, but you are improving the function and overall health, as well. If you are considering dental implants as an alternative to traditional dentures, seek professional advice. A skilled and knowledgeable dentist or oral surgeon can help you determine which option will meet your unique needs.

Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update

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To Our Wonderful Family of Patients:

Last night, my wife Connie and I enjoyed the most delicious take-out dinner from FIG restaurant. As always, the food was excellent; however, it was most satisfying to see the local restaurant, along with others, begin its comeback. Our resilient city feels like it is coming back to life—parks are opening and folks and families are enjoying the wonderful spring Charleston air. The Rink dental team is, too, readying itself for the next chapter of practicing dentistry as the community begins reopening its doors.

We are concentrating on continuing to advance our rock-solid foundation of state-of-the-art infection control. We were blessed to keep our dedicated and passionate team employed during the crisis, and have devoted the entire month of April to research, systematically developing, purchasing and installing the best additional infection control protocols and equipment available. We are ready. This month we will begin the process of a “soft opening” of our practice. What this means for our patients is a resumption of the same excellent restorative, esthetic, and preventive care in the safest and most secure environment available anywhere.

Additional safety steps will include asking our patients to wait for their appointments in their cars rather than in the reception area. We will ask that you take a moment to fill out a short questionnaire upon your arrival regarding your health and recent travels. We will take everyone’s temperature (including the team) with a forehead scanner as you enter the practice. We will clean and disinfect all touchpoints in the office in between each patient. We have procured the highest quality KN95 masks and face shields for the staff and have carefully researched and purchased the most advanced aerosol containment and purification systems available for the safety of all our patients. These are a few examples of how we have added additional layers of protection for your and our staff’s benefit.

Finally, I wholly understand that each one of you is an individual with specific desires, needs, and comfort levels. I want you to know that we are here to actively listen to you and to create the best environment for your emotional health. Some will be ready sooner than others to receive care again at our office. Let’s keep the lines of communication open and please know that our relationship with you and your family is our highest priority.

We look forward to reuniting with everyone but until that time it is our wish that you enjoy good health, good spirits, and peace.

To your optimal dental health,

- John F. Rink, DDS, AAACD and team

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