What exactly are implant supported dentures? And, if you already have dentures, would it be a good idea to switch to implant-supported dentures? As with most things in life, the answer lies somewhere in the middle. Let’s discuss what implant dentures are and how they work, as well as the pros and cons of this treatment approach for those who already have partial or full sets of regular dentures.
What is an implant-supported denture?
An implant-supported denture is a type of partial denture. It has an artificial tooth attached to a metal post (called an implant) which can be inserted into your jawbone to support your new teeth. If you are missing all or most of your teeth in one or both jaws, then an implant supported denture may be able to replace them without needing to use false teeth that are cemented onto existing teeth. While they aren’t appropriate for everyone, especially if you have extremely bad bone quality or multiple missing teeth, they can be an excellent option for replacing missing front teeth and potentially avoiding some surgical procedures, such as implants. They work similarly to a conventional denture, but instead of being supported by natural teeth, they are supported by implants. The implant posts are implanted into your jawbone and rest just below your gum line.
Do they last forever?
Total denture implants, also known as complete or full dentures, sit in your mouth much as regular dentures do. The main difference is that they connect to your jawbone rather than your gums, allowing you to enjoy a solid foundation for your teeth. Although implant-supported or fixed dentures, total dental implants aren’t held in place by sliding acrylic attachments like traditional dentures are. Instead, these are attached directly to the bone with titanium screws. This allows them to fit more securely and comfortably in your mouth for extended wear times up to 24 hours without shifting around too much.
Though total dental implants last long, they don’t last forever. Your denture implants can fail after several years of wear and tear. However, with proper care and a little luck, you can expect a full life expectancy from your fixed dentures.
Pros and cons
Losing your natural teeth can be frustrating, but dentures are here to help. There are many benefits of using dentures, including increased chewing ability and confidence. But because they require implants to stay firmly in place, there are some downsides too. For one thing, you’ll need frequent dental visits to ensure that everything is staying in good shape. Implants can also cause problems in your gum tissue if they aren’t placed correctly by a professional dentist.
One of your best options, then, is implant supported dentures. These are removable tooth replacements that attach to dental implants. Since they’re implanted in your mouth, they provide a stronger foundation than dentures alone. This allows you to eat any food you want without worrying about losing your teeth! However, because implant supported dentures attach to dental implants beneath your gums, you’ll need regular dental visits so that your dentist can check their placement and make sure everything is staying securely in place.
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