Dental implants provide a solution for patients who have one or a few missing teeth, while dentures are a solution for those missing several teeth in a row. Dentists can also use dental implants along with dentures to create unique dental devices that last for many Dental Implantsyears. Stephen J. Moy D.M.D. offers implant-supported dentures to his San Leandro area patients. If you have a problem with missing teeth, talk to Dr. Moy to see if this is the right solution for you.

Dental Implants
A dental implant is a metal device that looks like a screw, which is surgically inserted into the jaw. Over time, the surrounding tissue heals around the implant and it becomes a permanent part of the bone. It simulates the root of a tooth, also called an abutment and provides the support necessary for a permanent crown. Dental implants are not removable (except by extraction).

Partial or Complete Dentures
When a patient loses a significant number of teeth, the most common replacement solution is dentures. Your San Leandro dentist can create a partial or complete denture depending on your unique dental problem. A partial denture stays in place with the help of a metal framework that clasps to healthy teeth while a complete denture fits snugly over the gum line. Both types of dentures are removable.

Benefits of Putting them Together
Implant-supported dentures combine the benefits of these two dental solutions. Two or more implants are installed that allow your dentist to secure the dentures in place. So you get the durability and security of permanent dental implants along with the simplicity of a denture appliance. Since the denture is secured to the implants, you don't have to worry about them slipping out when you're eating or talking. You will just brush and clean them just like you would brush your own teeth. Implant-supported dentures also often more economical compared to getting individual implants throughout the entire mouth.

Getting Implant-Supported Dentures
When you're ready to replace missing teeth, call Dr. Moy at (510) 351-4030 to schedule a consultation appointment at his San Leandro dentist office. You may discover that getting dental implants along with a custom-made set of dentures is the best solution for you.