Sometimes, life brings unavoidable losses. That doesn’t mean we should quietly accept all the negatives that come with losing our natural teeth: the psychological loss of confidence brought on by an altered appearance, the physical bone and gum tissue loss that can impair speaking, and the loss of our ability to enjoy certain foods and properly nourish the body.
Implant retained dentures can mitigate those losses and put an end to needless discomfort. By replacing damaged or missing teeth with teeth that look and feel the closest to natural teeth, you can regain your confident, beautiful smile and get more enjoyment out of life.
The Art and Science of Implant Supported Dentures
Unlike regular or immediate dentures that rest on the gums, implant supported dentures are composed of two parts: the implants themselves, which are embedded into the jaw bone, and the over-denture – natural-looking acrylic or porcelain teeth that attach onto the implant structure. In contrast to permanent dental work like crowns or bridgework, dentures can and should be removed daily for cleaning and sleeping.
There is a definite artistry involved in the implant process, which can take several months or more, including one or more surgeries necessary to place your implants. Despite the longer time frame, most patients are delighted with their natural-looking, comfortable results.
Benefits of Implant Retained Dentures
Patients often ask whether the time and expense of an implant retained denture (top, bottom or both) is worth it. While each individual is different, most patients do report a markedly higher satisfaction level with dental implants than with traditional dentures. There are a variety of reasons for this. Most significant is the fact that an implant supported denture is quite stable – it won’t ever become loose, slip, or fall out of the mouth.
Other benefits include:
- Ability to eat a wider range of foods than before (increased chewing force)
- Natural feel, since less of the palate is covered
- No need for creams, pastes or adhesives
- Reduced irritation and shrinkage to the gum tissues
- Elimination of pain and soreness
- Reduced bone loss
- Improved confidence when socializing
- Improved, more youthful appearance
Implant retained dentures can be used even on patients who have experienced bone loss (resorption) which occurs over time without the protection of natural teeth. Implant supported dentures thus become the better alternative to traditional dentures, which will be hard to fit comfortably when deterioration of the jaw bone is present.
Dental implants are extremely popular because of their high success rate and natural, stable results. Call Dentures Direct today for your free consultation to find out if an implant supported denture is right for you.