Missing teeth can impact your life in a number of ways. The gap between your existing teeth can become obvious when you smile and may lead to a self-esteem issue because of the appearance the gap creates. The existing teeth can begin to shift into the gap that is located where the missing teeth used to be. This too can lead to an appearance issue. It can also shorten the life of the remaining teeth. Missing teeth can also make it more difficult to bite or chew properly. They may not only impact the oral health, but they can lead to a decline in an individual’s overall health as well. If you are in a situation like this, you should contact the office of Dr. Wendy Willoughby, DDS to discuss your options, including fixed hybrid implant dentures.
The good news is that you can have your missing teeth replaced. Dr. Willoughby and her colleagues can utilize the latest and most effective innovations in dental care to make sure you get what works best based on your particular circumstances.
While you are no doubt familiar with the basic concept behind how dentures work, you might also struggle with the disadvantages associated with them. Taking them out for cleaning and for storage at night may be something you find to be a bit troublesome. You may also have a fear that they will move around inside your mouth at some of the most inopportune of times. These and other concerns may have you looking for other options.
On the other hand, you may have thought about traditional implants but have not gone that route for one or more reasons. If this is the case, you should ask the professionals at Dr. Willoughby’s office to explain the advantages of fixed hybrid implant dentures. They may be an option if you are not a good candidate for traditional implants due to the amount of bone loss you have experienced.
Fixed hybrid implant dentures are a cross between traditional dentures and traditional implant bridges. Rather than a set of dentures that must be regularly removed, they are held in place by a series of up to four implants. They may be removed for professional cleaning once or twice per year. Otherwise, they will stay in place and you can treat them like you do your natural teeth.
Fixed hybrid implant dentures provide another advantage over regular dentures in that the upper ones leave the roof open. This allows for a more natural feel and improved taste while eating. Dr. Willoughby can explain the benefits to you in more detail during a consultation at her office in Asheville. An evaluation can be done of your oral health followed by a recommendation on what method is likely to work best for you. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation!