If you’ve suffered from total tooth loss, you might be worried about how your dentures will perform. Fortunately, there is a way to enhance the performance of your dentures so that you can enjoy a varied diet, clear speech, and a natural-looking aesthetic. Implant supported dentures, which involves anchoring prosthetic teeth to permanent dental implants, has become the go-to treatment method for edentulous patients.
An Overview of How Implant-Supported Dentures Function
Conventional dentures have limitations; they may move during meals or make speech difficult. Implant supported dentures are anchored to strategically placed dental implants. When dentures are secured to implants, they will not budge during meals – even when fibrous, crunchy, and chewy foods are eaten. Overall, dental implants increase the function of dentures for optimal eating and speaking.
A dental implant is a small metal component that is embedded into the jawbone. Essentially, a dental implant replaces the roots of missing teeth. Since implants are constructed from titanium, the jawbone will naturally fuse to their structure as this metal is biocompatible. The process of bone locking implants in place is what makes implanted supported dentures so stable.
Benefits of Dental Implants and Dentures
When dentures are attached to dental implants, they produce unique benefits. A common side effect of tooth loss is bone loss. When patients rely on conventional tooth replacement methods, their jaw will change shape over time. Bone loss in the jaw not only contributes to an aged appearance, it will also affect the way dentures fit inside the mouth.
With dental implants, however, the bone will stay healthy and stimulated. By reducing the threat of bone loss, implant supported dentures will help you maintain a youthful appearance and healthy bone mass in the jaws.
Implant supported dentures are considered lower maintenance than conventional prosthetics. They are brushed the same way that biological teeth are cleaned. Patients also do not have to rely on sticky adhesives to keep their replacement teeth in place.
If you have questions about implant supported dentures, call the office of Dr. David Kuban to reserve a consultation with our implant dentist.