If you’ve lost all of your upper or lower teeth, dentures are the most widely-known solution. But did you know that there are many types of dentures? In fact, how a denture is secured in your mouth can make a major difference in how your dentures feel and function.
While traditional dentures rest on your gums and are held in place with adhesive cream, implant-supported dentures are secured into your jawbone using a set of dental implants. It’s common to consider the cost as the primary distinction between these two denture options, however, there are some notable advantages that can be gained with the higher price tag. Implant dentures, especially the more advanced All-on-4 dentures, offer significant benefits that influence your health, self-confidence and quality of life.
What are Implant-Supported Dentures?
True to its name, implant dentures involve a full arch of prosthetic teeth (upper or lower denture) that are anchored (supported) by dental implants. Each dental implant is surgically inserted into your jawbone prior to attaching your denture. The implants are small, titanium and biocompatible posts that are placed into the jaw so that they can fuse to the surrounding bone over time. It typically takes a few months for this process to happen.
The result means you’ll have “artificial tooth roots” to keep your denture firmly in place. The number of dental implants you’ll need to support your denture depends on several factors. However, the newest All-on-4 implant dentures are popular because they rely on just four dental implants to support an entire arch of teeth.
What Are the Advantages of Implant Dentures Versus Traditional Dentures?
While traditional dentures have come a long way in terms of appearance and comfort, some patients still struggle to find confidence and stability. When dentures stop fitting well, it can be a hassle and a major threat to your health and quality of life. Dental implants are a sure way to solve these denture drawbacks.
By choosing a denture that is supported by dental implants, you can expect the following:
- Better Comfort (no gum irritations or mouth sores)
- Improved Confidence (no worry of dentures slipping out of place)
- Dietary Freedom (no restricted foods)
- Less Bone Loss (implants stimulate the jaw to retain its density)
- Easy to Maintain (no special cleaning regimes or products)
If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of implant dentures, please contact Family Smiles Dental.
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