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Dentures  Mount Pleasant, MI

When You Need to Replace Lots of Teeth

Dentures have long been a staple of cartoon gags and magic shop counters (the windup variety). If your teeth are healthy, it’s easy to assume that “other people need dentures,” but that’s far from the case. Certainly the Centers for Disease Control would argue with that statement. Statistics from the CDC show that one quarter of all Americans over the age of 65 have lost all of their teeth.

This kind of tooth loss can affect a person in many ways. Of course, it’s difficult to eat a proper diet if chewing is next to impossible. Speaking is difficult. And it’s embarrassing, making a person avoid smiling or opening their mouth if possible. Plus, when a person is missing all of their teeth, the jawbone begins to erode and the body resorbs the bone matter. This leads to the eventual inward collapse of the lower face.

But dentures from Dr. Egger can give the patient back a much better quality of life.

Dentures can change a person’s life

Dr. Egger and his team can design and fit a set of partial or full dentures for you. Here are the benefits of having dentures:

  • Restored ability to bite and chew a wide variety of foods. Think of all the fruits and vegetables you can enjoy again!
  • A more youthful appearance. With dentures, your teeth, gums, and jawbone are restored to their original dimensions. And your facial structure doesn’t collapse.
  • Better self-image. No longer will you avoid smiling or opening your mouth.
  • Clearer speech. You don’t realize the part your teeth play in speech, but it is dramatic.

Types of dentures

Dr. Egger provides patients with either full or partial dentures, depending on their unique needs. Full dentures replace an entire set of missing teeth, upper, lower, or both. Partial dentures are usually used to fill a gap of three or more teeth where a bridge won’t provide enough support. Materials range from acrylic to flexible resin.

Dr. Egger prefers to add stability to his patients’ dentures by using dental implants as anchors. These are known as implant-supported dentures. Dr. Egger has extensive experience placing dental implants and is a big fan of using implants to stabilize dentures. For full sets of dentures, he usually places four implants per jaw to anchor the dentures.

Here are the advantages of implant-supported dentures:

  • The implants hold the dentures in place, no irritation or rubbing.
  • No slipping when talking or eating.
  • Food can’t get under the dentures.
  • The implants direct bite force energy down into the jawbone below, slowing the rate of bone resorption that happens due to missing teeth.
  • Implants provide the best stability for lower jaw dentures.

If you’ve lost most or all of your teeth, you don’t need to suffer through eating a limited diet and being embarrassed by your smile. Call Dr. Egger at (989) 773-3560 and let’s talk about getting you into a great-fitting set of dentures.