When using traditional dentures, it can be frustrating to deal with the inconveniences of false teeth on a daily basis. From speech problems to a change in diet, dentures can pose a whole set of problems of their own. However, many of these problems can be abated through the support of dental implants.
As offered by our Troy dental practice, implants can add stability to your partial or full dentures. Consider how an implant procedure can provide a range of long-term benefits for your smile and convenience.
How Dentures Are Supported
Typically, dentures are attached to a mold of the gums, which simply rests above the gum line. Because they are only held in place through suction or adhesive paste, dentures have a tendency to result in a number of problems, including:
- Becoming loose
- Difficulty eating
- Change in diet
- Speech impediments
- A weaker bite
- Bone loss in the jaw
By supporting your dentures through multiple implants, you can secure them to the jawbone for a stronger, more reliable hold. Preexisting implants can be used or new ones installed for an easy attachment to dentures, instantly eliminating most or all of these problems. For replacement of full sets of teeth, implant-supported dentures are an excellent way to restore the functionality of your bite.
Benefits of Implant-supported Dentures
Since dental implants fuse with the jaw much like the roots of natural teeth, they are generally a superior form of tooth replacement. Through the support of implants, you can expect to gain the following benefits:
- A stronger hold: Dentures cannot shift out of place or become loose when fastened to implants. Although dentures are still easily removable when desired, they will otherwise remain secure throughout use.
- Great comfort: Discomfort can result from dentures that rub against the gums or do not fit precisely, whereas implants ensure a proper fit every time.
- Improved diet: Foods that are especially tough, chewy, or hard may be difficult or impossible to eat with regular dentures. Implant-supported dentures can improve one’s eating habits and dietary choices.
- Improved speech: With better fitting and more secure dentures, words or sounds that were previously impaired can be more easily pronounced.
- Prevention of bone loss: Once teeth are lost, bone tissue begins to degrade over time, affecting jaw strength and even one’s facial appearance. By replacing the roots of teeth with dental implants, this tissue is once again reinforced; as a result, patients’ jaws are better preserved over time.
Candidates for Implant-supported Dentures
By speaking with your cosmetic dentist, you can determine exactly how many implants are required, and where they will need to be placed. If you have previously had implants installed, you may already have enough support for dentures. If you are already using dentures but would like to benefit from implants, you may be a good candidate for an implant procedure.
Good candidates for implants are patients with healthy gums and adequate bone tissue to hold them in place. Those who have suffered from years of tooth loss may not currently have enough jawbone structure to receive new implants. However, a bone graft procedure can often reinforce the jaw with additional tissue, allowing patients to thus undergo implant installation. To better understand your candidacy for implant-supported dentures, schedule a consultation with us.
Meet with Dr. Kelley
Missing teeth do not have to take a negative toll on your life. To learn more about our tooth replacement options, meet with Dr. Keith Kelley for a personal consultation. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and gain the healthiest, strongest smile possible.