Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) November 07, 2013
Dr. Michael Shenk and Dr. Judd Shenk of Shenk Dental Care have an alternative tooth replacement option available by combining dentures and dental implants in the form of Implant Supported Dentures.
Implant supported dentures offer patients the benefits of both dentures and dental implants for replacing missing teeth. Dentures supported by implants will not slip or rub, which reduces discomfort for patients while allowing fairly normal eating habits. Implant supported dentures also stabilize bone density levels. Normally, patients who have lost teeth are at risk for bone density loss, because the stimulation from teeth is what keeps the bone from disintegrating. Tooth replacements such as dental bridges and traditional dentures provide no stimulation, which allows the jaw bone to shrink. Implant supported dentures protect bone density levels while offering patients with missing teeth a convenient and natural-looking form of tooth replacement.
Shenk Dental Care offers a few types of anchored dentures, depending on the needs of each patient. Implant supported dentures can be taken out for nightly cleaning, while fixed implant dentures are permanently placed. Patients of Shenk Dental Care also have the option of ball-retained or bar-retained dentures. Both dentures require at least two implants and offer different levels of security. Bar-retained dentures attach to a metal bar that in turn attaches to the implants. Ball-retained or stud-attachment dentures have a ball-and-socket design and snap into place for an especially secure fit, which can even support an open upper palate denture.
Typically, patients of Shenk Dental Care have x-rays taken and impressions made during an initial exam. During the next visit, the implants are placed. Over a three to six month period, the implants integrate with the bone, and patients wear temporary dentures. Once healing is complete, patients can return to have the permanent denture and supporting fixtures placed.
People who are interested in learning more about implant supported dentures or other tooth replacements that rely on dental implants should call Shenk Dental Care for more information.
About the Practice
Shenk Dental Care is a general practice offering personalized dental care for Atlanta, GA gum disease patients since 1979. Dr. Michael Shenk and his son, Dr. Judd Shenk are both members of the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the Georgia Dental Association and the Northwestern District Dental Association. They pride themselves in being a high-tech office, and are continually expanding their dental education. Offering laser gum surgery at the practice since 2004, Dr. Michael Shenk and Dr. Judd Shenk are part of one percent of dental professionals providing the LANAP FDA cleared laser procedure for gum disease treatment. To learn more about Shenk Dental Care and their dental services visit their website at http://www.drshenk.com and call (678) 951-8109.