SOURCE: Cornerstone Dental
HILLSBOROUGH, NJ--(Marketwired - Apr 4, 2013) - Dr. John Beckwith, a New Jersey cosmetic dentist, has been upgrading his patients' removable dentures and dental bridges with custom anchored dentures. By using a combination of dental implants and anchored dentures, Dr. Beckwith says the patients of Cornerstone Dental can take advantage of the latest technological innovations and techniques of implantology to provide patients with an alternative for dentures.
An anchored denture is customized for the patient's mouth and held securely in place by a system of dental implants. According to Dr. Beckwith, the major benefits of anchored dentures include:
- Easier maintenance
- Increased functionality
- A more aesthetically pleasing appearance
Dr. Beckwith says the main objective of this type of denture alternative is to make the denture as stable and immovable as possible. He adds that increasing the number of dental implants in a patient's mouth increases the frequency with which a dentist is able to provide support for the denture:
"With two implants, the denture will be secure but some rotation and movement can be expected. By increasing the number of dental implants, individual cases can be engineered so the customized denture is fully anchored and supported. At that point, the denture becomes like a fixed prosthesis that not only replaces missing teeth, but also replaces a patient's diminished gum line and bone through a removable device."
Dr. Beckwith believes some of the most innovative dental techniques of the past several years have occurred in the field of restorative dentistry -- especially with dental implants and secure dentures. He says the process of implementing anchored dentures is customizable through a variety of implant types and designs. Dr. Beckwith develops a tailored treatment plan for each patient, using anywhere from two to five dental implants to anchor the denture. Variables that affect how anchored dentures are implemented include:
- The amount of remaining natural bone structure
- The shape and angle of the patient's bite
Dr. Beckwith is excited by the recent advancements in implantology and notes the field is changing so rapidly that "what we have today we did not have even three years ago." At Cornerstone Dental, when a patient's dental bridge fails, Dr. Beckwith now provides anchored dentures as an alternative. The traditional dental bridge is replaced with a combination of dental implants and an anchored denture. This procedure is routinely executed and has become a hallmark of Dr. Beckwith's New Jersey dentistry practice.
About John D. Beckwith, DMD, FAGD, FAAID
Dr. John Beckwith has been in private dental practice since 1987. He is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University and went on to earn his dental degree at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. A member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, Dr. Beckwith is currently listed as a credentialed provider on their website. He has held active positions with the New Jersey Dental Association, serving as a component chairman for Children Dental Health Month and the American Dental Association. In addition, he holds a fellowship with the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Beckwith is available for interview upon request.