Unlike a regular denture, which rests on your gums, implant supported dentures are anchored in your mouth by dental implants. Most often, this form of denture is placed in the lower jaw because dentures tend to be less stable in the lower jaw. However, implant supported dentures can be placed in in the upper jaw as well. In this type of denture, your implant supported denture snaps into place on the implants surgically placed in your jaw. This prevents the denture from slipping or coming loose in the mouth. It also removes the need for denture paste or adhesives. The implant supported denture can be removed at night for cleaning or, if you have a fixed implant supported denture placed, your dentures will act as permanent teeth.
If you are struggling with traditional dentures or looking for a dependable option for replacing missing or badly damaged teeth, secure dentures may be the ideal treatment for your needs.
Benefits Of Implant Supported Dentures
Dentures secured with dental implants can offer several benefits over traditional removable dentures:
- Prevent bone loss. Implant-supported dentures exercise the underlying bone, encouraging bone growth. Traditional dentures don’t stimulate the underlying bone, which leads to bone loss, facial sagging, premature aging, and loss of function.
- Secure fit. Traditional dentures slip and slide within the mouth, often causing embarrassment and difficulty eating and talking. Implant-supported dentures lock into the implant and function like real teeth.
- Comfort. Traditional dentures sit directly on the gums, which can be uncomfortable or painful. As the underlying bone shrinks, traditional dentures may slip more, causing more rubbing and pain.
- Taste. Traditional upper dentures usually cover the roof of the mouth with plastic, which can limit the taste of food.
- Improve your bite. Not only are implant-supported dentures more secure, they also return up to 95 percent of your natural biting and chewing ability as compared to the 25 percent with traditional dentures. You can enjoy a wider variety of food with implant dentures.
- Confidence. Knowing your dentures won’t slip gives you the confidence to talk, sing, laugh, and eat again.
Placement of implant supported prosthesis is carried out in two phases. The first phase involves the surgical placement of the implant. While the healing of the implant placement site is underway, a suitable removable or fixed prosthesis is designed for replacing the missing teeth. Once the implant site has healed, the dentures can be attached.