Are missing or damaged teeth leaving you hesitant to talk or smile? Is eating certain foods difficult to do because of lost teeth? If the problem is severe, tooth restoration may be a good solution. Modern dentistry has several good options to restore your teeth. Some of the most popular solutions are dentures and implant supported dentures.
What are Implant Supported Dentures?
Implant supported dentures are similar in function and purpose to traditional dentures, but with one major difference: several rods are implanted into the upper or lower gum line as needed, providing a strong and stable base for dentures to be securely fixed in place.
Because implants are performed, patients need to meet certain health criteria to ensure the implants will properly anchor and heal in the gums. A general overview of implants includes:
- Severely damaged or missing teeth
- Little to no bone loss
- No gum disease
- No TMJ syndrome
The Benefits of Implant Supported Dentures
Implant supported dentures have many benefits that traditional dentures do not:
- Aesthetics – Because of the high degree of customization, fixed dentures can give your smile a healthy, younger appearance. And because they are fixed in place, they help to prevent your facial structure from sagging over time.
- Comfort – Dentures supported by implants do not sit on top of your gums, causing wear and sores. The gingiva is one of the most sensitive areas of the body.
- Jawbone Health – Implants give your jawbone something to hold firmly onto which allows it to remain strong and fully formed. In the absence of your real teeth, the jawbone tends to wither and recede in size, causing facial features to sag and jaw issues to occur.
- Daily Use – Smiling, eating, and talking is much easier to do when dentures are stable and firmly fastened in place. Traditional dentures do not share this benefit.
- Eat Normally – Traditional dentures can easily detach when you eat sticky or chewy foods. But that won’t happen if your dentures are anchored into place.
- No Adhesive Needed – Dentures use adhesive cream and suction to stay fixed on your gums. It can be messy, requiring nightly cleaning before reuse each day.
What to Expect During the Procedure
After establishing that a patient is a good candidate for implant supported dentures, implant surgery will begin. Depending on whether the person is receiving a full or partial restoration will determine how many rod implants they will need. Once the rods have been implanted, it can take several months for gum tissue to fully heal around them. During that time, a temporary denture solution will be created for daily use. Once the implants are sufficiently strong, the final dentures will be fitted and snapped into place. Adjustments are then made as needed.
Talk to an Experienced Dentist
Our team of highly experienced oral health care pros take great care of our patients. If you’d like to discuss whether implant supported dentures are right for you, call us and make an appointment. You’ll feel better knowing your options. We have several locations in the area, choose the one that is most convenient for you.