Dentures today are not the same as the ones your grandfather wore. There are more innovative solutions available for those considering tooth replacement options.
Whether you’re considering getting dentures for the first time or replacing dentures you already have, implant-supported dentures could be a great option. Check to see if they are a good fit for your lifestyle and dental health.
What do Implant-Supported Dentures entail?
Dental plates held in place by posts embedded in the jawbone are referred to as implant-supported dentures. The denture component is snug against the gums and secures within the mouth.
Denture adhesives are no longer required with dental implants, allowing you to eat, drink, speak, and smile normally for the rest of your life.
How Do the Implants Function?
Through a tiny incision in the gum, the dentist inserts screws, usually titanium, into the jaw. The posts, once embedded in the bone, pass through the gum tissue to support the dentures. Top dentures require six to eight implants to be supported. Four to five implants are sufficient to support full lower dentures.
It takes about three to six months for the bone in your jaw to grow around the posts and cement them in place. When the gums have healed, a “snap” called an abutment is attached to the bars. This is what secures the dental plate.
The dentist will snap on the dentures once all of the hardware is in place in your mouth. You can take them out every day to clean them and then replace them. They are simple to put on and stay in place.
What Are the Advantages of Implant-Retained Dentures?
Among the advantages of this denture option are:
- There is no slipping.
- Option for permanent dentures
- Simple to use with a natural appearance
The stimulation of the jawbone that implant-supported dentures provide is an important health benefit. The jawbone shrinks when tooth roots are lost. Dental implants keep your jaw in shape and strength by preventing bone atrophy.
Who Should Consider Implant-Supported Dentures?
Implant-supported dentures are not suitable for everyone. To hold the posts, they need strong and healthy bone in the jaw. A good candidate will have minimal to no bone loss in their jawbones.
Implant-supported dentures are also a viable option for people who do not respond well to traditional tooth replacement options. Because traditional dentures rest directly on the gums, they frequently cause mouth ulcers.
Dentures supported by implants, on the other hand, should not have this problem. These dentures will not irritate the gums and will instead rest on the implants. Patients who are concerned about this abrasion in their mouth frequently choose implants.
Still not sure if implant-supported dentures are right for you? Book a visit with our caring team to learn more or to get started. Find your nearest Ideal Dental office today to make an appointment with one of our dentists. You can also check out our related blog post to see if you qualify for dental implants.