Have you heard of implant dentures? This revolutionary treatment option secures custom made dentures to a series of dental implants for optimal oral function and comfort. Implant dentures are beautiful, too – they produce the appearance of a healthy, youthful-looking smile. When custom dentures are secured to dental implants, patients enjoy a number of benefits that improve their quality of life.
Implant Dentures vs. Conventional Dentures
Conventional dentures are designed to rest on the gums. The arch of the jawbone is what holds them in place. Unfortunately, tooth loss is typically accompanied by bone loss. As the bone atrophies, dentures will begin to fit improperly. They might shift during speech and oral function.
Implant-supported dentures, however, do not rely solely on the arch of the jaw for support. Instead, they are anchored in place by dental implants, which are embedded into the jawbone. Since dental implants are placed in the jaw, they function like the roots of teeth. The placement of implants is what gives implant dentures unprecedented stability.
The technology and techniques for making modern dentures is advanced compared to dentures of the past. Today’s dentures are made from very lifelike materials that perfectly mimic the appearance of the gingiva and teeth. Since they are made to very precise specifications, dentures are virtually indistinguishable from biologic tooth structure.
Benefits of Implant-Supported Dentures
Implant dentures present some unique advantages – especially when compared to conventional, unsupported dentures.
- Since dental implants hold dentures in place, people can enjoy improved oral function. There are no dietary restrictions, which allows those with implant dentures the ability to enjoy a balanced, nutritious diet.
- Dental implants help people retain bone. This is especially important for those who have suffered with tooth loss. Bone atrophy caused by tooth loss negatively affects oral health, the longevity of prosthetics, and one’s appearance.
- Lastly, implant dentures are comfortable. There’s no need for messy adhesives to keep them in place. The likelihood of developing sore spots is also diminished. This is because implant dentures draw on support from implants, which prevent the bone atrophy that contributes to ill-fitting dentures.
If you have questions about your tooth replacement options, call the office of Dr. Barry Buchanan to reserve a consultation with our experienced dentist.