How are implant-supported dentures different from traditional dentures?
Traditional dentures rest on your gums and in the case of upper dentures, they
usually cover your palate so they are more likely to stay in place. However, even
properly fitted dentures can slip around while you talk or eat. This is especially true for lower dentures, as there is less surface for them to adhere and is complicated by the presence of the tongue.
With implant dentures, implants act as tooth root replacements. These are made of titanium and help to anchor dentures in place. Implants minimize movement of dentures during chewing and speaking, decrease discomfort from chronic rubbing and irritation, and increase chewing efficiency. Comfortable and effective chewing is essential to a healthy appetite and diet. Ill-fitting dentures often lead to malnourishment and general decline in overall health. Recent studies also show the act of chewing (mastication) increases mental activity and memory.
Many people are able to get implants even if they have been wearing traditional dentures for years. In fact, this is often the ideal patient who can benefit from the treatment. Sometimes your existing dentures can be used as a fixed temporary as you heal, saving some expense. However, depending on how long you’ve been missing teeth, bone loss may make additional grafting procedures necessary to provide a predictable outcome.
What if I still have some of my own teeth?
Most patients who qualify for this procedure are missing multiple teeth, have had chronic dental problems such as gum disease, cavities, multiple crowns, failing bridges, or partial dentures, and have reached a point in their dental health that starting anew is the best option. However, if you have many healthy, natural teeth remaining, there are alternatives and we may suggest implant-supported dental bridges, crowns, or partial dentures in an effort to keep your healthy remaining teeth.
The only way to know for sure if implant-supported dentures are a good fit for your needs is to schedule an appointment to discuss your options. We will happily answer any further questions you may have and will give you all of the information you need to make an informed decision.
Restorative Dentistry at Skyline Dental
At Skyline Dental, it is our goal to help you attain optimal oral health with a smile that you will be proud to show off. We do this by working closely with you to find the best procedures for your unique situation. Throughout the process, we want you to be as comfortable as possible and we use state-of-the-art technology and innovative treatments to achieve this.
If you are interested in implant-supported dentures or any other restorative treatment, call us today.