One of the most common concerns edentulous patients have is whether their replacement teeth will look natural. One treatment option, which provides a beautiful and lifelike aesthetic, is implant-supported dentures. Dentures secured to dental implants are custom made so that they perfectly complement a person’s unique oral anatomy for an attractive smile and comfortable oral function.
What are implant-supported dentures exactly?
Implant-supported dentures consist of two main components: a full denture and dental implants. Dental implants are biocompatible prosthetics used to replace the root structures of teeth. They are embedded into the jawbone and can support a variety of restorations and prosthetics.
A full denture is a prosthesis that replaces all the teeth in the upper or lower arch. They are made from a few types of materials including porcelain to resemble teeth and acrylic bases that are tinted to match the gingiva. When dentures are secured to dental implants, patients enjoy greater stability and control during oral function than they would with unsupported dentures.
What are some of the benefits associated with implant-supported dentures?
Anchoring dentures to dental implants can improve your oral function and even benefit your oral health. Stabilizing dentures to dental implants will make it easier for patients to eat and speak comfortably. In fact, many people with implant-supported dentures enjoy well-rounded diets that include fibrous and crunchy foods.
Another great benefit associated with implant-supported dentures is the fact that dental implants prevent bone loss. After tooth loss, the jawbone can atrophy due to a lack of stimulation from the roots of biological teeth. Dental implants, however, will keep bone active and reduce a person’s risk for losing bone after tooth loss.
Tooth loss takes a toll on our mental and emotional wellbeing. This is why it’s important to find a tooth replacement solution that works for you. Implant-supported dentures can make life after tooth loss much easier while improving your appearance.
If you have questions about this treatment option, call the office of Dr. Barry Buchanan to schedule a consultation with our implant dentist.