If you are missing teeth, you may assume that your only options are receiving implants or dentures from your dentist. A recent option to replace missing teeth is a combination of the two strategies: implant supported dentures.There are some situations in which traditional dentures are better and others in which the implant-supported variety would provide…
Why Your Dentist Might Recommend Implant Supported Dentures
Implant supported dentures are a form of overdenture. Unlike conventional dentures that sit on the gums, implant supported dentures are more reliable and are retained by dental implants. They have improved function and are often recommended if the patient has enough jawbone to support the implants.
Why dentists recommend implant-supported dentures
Dentists typically offer these overdentures for those who have lost most or all their teeth. If only a few teeth are missing, but there are issues with the remaining teeth, an appointment with the dentist is necessary to determine if they can be salvaged or need to be extracted. Since dental implant restorations are retained by the jaw, patients must have enough jawbone to support the implant. Else, a bone graft might be necessary, which may extend the overall treatment time.
Outlined below are some of the reasons a dentist might recommend getting implant supported dentures:
Implant supported dentures have an appearance and functionality that is comparable to the natural teeth. The process entails using aesthetically appealing teeth that fit properly inside the mouth. Regular dentures are bound to slip and may look awkward, while partial dentures may not fit in with existing teeth.
Implant supported dentures hardly shift like traditional dentures because they are anchored to the jaw via implants. This makes them more comfortable and less awkward in the mouth. There is no need to worry about the dentures slipping or falling out of the mouth. Additionally, implant supported dentures make eating possible. Patients who are worried about the unreliability or instability of ordinary dentures can talk to their dentist about getting implant-supported dentures.
Placing dental implants is not a quick procedure because the bone needs to heal around the implant. Considering the invasiveness and price of dental implants, it is not economically logical to replace every single tooth with dental implants. Dentures retained by implants are a more convenient option. Only two to four implants will be required and can be completed in about two appointments.
No sore spots
If a patient already has regular dentures and constantly has to deal with sore spots and inflammation where the dentures rest on the gum, the dentist may recommend implant supported dentures as an alternative. Since this type of dentures lies over the dental implant post, they do not cause sore spots. This makes them a more comfortable option over time.
Jaw bone preservation
Aside from not rubbing on the gums, implant dentures stimulate the jawbone and prevent shrinkage. Since conventional dentures are not connected to the jawbone, the bones start to shrink without proper stimulation. This causes the jaw shape to change over time, necessitating constant adjustment of the dentures to fit the changes in the oral cavity. This is not only worrisome but will also affect facial appearance. This concern can be solved by placing implant dentures.
When in need of tooth replacement or an alternative to traditional dentures, working with a dentist may be a good start. An evaluation can be done in order to determine if implant supported dentures are a good alternative. Reach out today to get started!
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