Patients who wear conventional dentures often complain that the appliances don’t fit securely and that they’re uncomfortable. Dental implants offer patients a more structurally complete prosthetic, so implant supported dentures help to address these problems and offer patients a number of additional advantages as well.
Design Of Implant Supported Dentures
Dental implants are small titanium cylinders inserted into a patient’s jaw by an implant dentist. Titanium is biocompatible, which means that the bone can form a strong bond with a dental implant. That process, known as osseointegration, leaves the implant as a permanent fixture in the patient’s jaw. As such, dental implants are structurally and functionally similar to the roots of biological teeth.
An implant dentist can place multiple dental implants into a patient’s jaw in order to secure an entire denture. Successful dental implant placement does require adequate bone to support osseointegration, but special techniques can be used so that dental implants can be accessible to long-term denture wearers who have experienced bone loss but may want to upgrade to a more stable tooth replacement solution.
How Implant Supported Dentures Outperform Conventional Appliances
Because implant supported dentures do replace both the root and crown structures of the missing teeth, they have numerous advantages in comparison to standard dentures that lack a root-like structure. Here is an overview of some of those benefits:
- More stable over time: The dental implants help to secure the jawbone and prevent its erosion. Therefore, implant supported dentures retain their fit as the years pass.
- More secure: Because they have a physical connection with the underlying bone, implant supported dentures stay in place better than standard dentures.
- More functional for chewing: The bond between bone and implant allows implant supported dentures to tolerate stronger chewing forces than conventional appliances.
- More convenient: Dental implants eliminate the need for messy denture adhesives, and it is just as easy to maintain implant supported dentures as it is your biological smile.
Do you want to learn more about the benefits of implant supported dentures? Call the office of Dr. David Kuban and speak to one of our experienced staff members or come to our office for a consultation.