If you are missing a full arch of teeth, you probably know that a denture is the most trusted solution. However, did you know that there is more than one type of denture? All dentures may look the same on the outside, but they can be very different in how they are attached on the inside. Traditional dentures are the most known type of denture. These are dentures that rest on the gum line and are held in place by special adhesive cream. Traditional dentures are removed each night while you sleep. While modern dentistry has greatly improved traditional dentures, many patients struggle to regain full confidence and comfort with their removable prosthetic teeth. For such individuals, implant-supported dentures can save the day!
What are Implant-Supported Dentures?
An implant-supported denture is a type of denture that, like its name suggests, is supported or held in place using dental implants. The implants are small titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone. Once they heal and fuse to the surrounding bone, they can anchor prosthetic teeth firmly into your jaw just like real teeth. Don’t worry; you won’t need an implant for every tooth in your denture. Many full-arch dentures can be secured with just four dental implants.
Benefits of Implant Dentures
To understand the remarkable advantages of implant dentures, it is helpful to understand how they are set apart from traditional dentures. By having dentures that are permanently anchored into your jawbone, you can enjoy the following:
Confident Smile: You won’t have to worry about your dentures slipping or falling out when you speak or laugh. Implant dentures are incredibly secure so you can regain complete confidence after missing teeth.
Dietary Freedom: Traditional denture wearers often avoid hard-to-chew foods due to unstable teeth. This can lead to a diet that is rich in carbs and harmful to the body over time. With implant dentures, you can eat the foods you love as well as the proteins and fibrous vegetables your body needs for long-term health.
Prevent Bone Loss: Since implant dentures provide prosthetic teeth as well as prosthetic tooth roots, your jawbone can be properly stimulated and able to retain its density and form. This prevents what traditional dentures can’t, which is premature facial aging in the lower face due to bone loss.
Ready to learn if implant dentures are right for you? If you are struggling to find contentment and comfort in your existing traditional dentures, it’s not too late to convert them to implant dentures. Call Riverwood Dental today to learn more!