How frustrating can dentures be?
They can fall out when you are talking to someone.
They can slip out of place when you are trying to eat.
Sometimes, your only hope of keeping them in place is putting gooey denture adhesives in your mouth, but that’s only a temporary fix at best.
With time, dentures can become uncomfortable, even painful to wear, and eventually, you have to replace them or get them refitted.
And then the cycle of frustration begins again.
We don’t want you to feel frustrated by your dentures. Instead, we want you to have a more permanent teeth replacement option. At our dentist office in Woodbury, MN, you can get dental implants instead.
And just as important, you can get your implants from Dr. Mark W. Wilhelm.
We’ll explain why dental implants — and where you get them — are important below. For now, just remember that you can call (651) 319-9064 or contact us online if you would like to find out if dental implants are right for you.
What Dental Implants Can Do
We won’t rehash all the little ways dentures can become a bother, but we do want to try to explain why those problems are inevitable with traditional dentures. This also will help explain why dental implants can improve the benefits you get from your dentures.
If you have dentures, then you have already lost multiple teeth. Your dentures weren’t designed to be loose-fitting and uncomfortable. In all likelihood, they probably fit pretty well when you first got them.
The problem is something you can’t see, and therefore, may not realize is happening. When you lost your teeth, you also lost the connection to your jawbone. Without roots in your jawbone, you start losing bone tissue gradually.
Over time, this bone loss changes the shape of your mouth, and that changes how your dentures fit. This is why dentures can become looser and even irritating at times. This is why you need more or stronger adhesives to hold your “teeth” in place.
And even if the adhesive is working, how much does it change the taste of your food?
Dental implants can stop the bone loss and can eliminate your need for denture adhesives in the future.
Implants replace the roots of your lost teeth. Like your roots, dental implants are placed directly into your jawbone. That is important for preserving the bone tissue you have left and preventing future bone loss.
When placed correctly, a series of dental implants will provide stability, security, and strength for your dentures. With a set of implant-supported dentures, you will be able to eat nearly as well as someone with a full set of healthy teeth.
And just as important, you won’t be worried that your “teeth” will fall out while you are reading a story to your grandchildren, talking to family and friends, or trying to place your order when you are dining out.
Why You Should Visit Us To Talk About Implants
It starts with Dr. Wilhelm. Specifically, it is because Dr. Wilhelm is a prosthodontist, which is a dentist who specializes in restoring teeth and fixing jaw structures.
In addition to their dental school education, prosthodontists have completed additional education in how to treat dental and facial problems. As a result, prosthodontists are better suited for placing dental implants so patients receive the maximum benefits from this procedure.
Dr. Wilhelm completed graduated from the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine. Then he went to Indiana University for specialty training in prosthodontics and maxillofacial prosthetics.
He has made continuing education a part of his professional practice as well.
He has achieved Fellowship status at the Misch Implant Institute. More recently, he was awarded Mentor status and was named a Recognized Specialist for work he completed at the Kois Center. He also is a Diplomate with the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.
To put it another way, Dr. Wilhelm has never stopped learning, and he has been recognized by his peers for his expertise in his field.
Find Out How We Can Help You
To better understand what we can do to fix your denture problems (or to prevent you from having them), start by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Wilhelm.