Traditional dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth. Similar to these prosthetic devices, dental implants can be a permanent solution for this common dental problem. You can get an implant for one or multiple missing teeth. But using this kind of fixture for an entire jaw can be rather complicated, especially because implants require surgery. Removable dentures for a full arch of teeth come with a lot of drawbacks too. Thanks to developments in cosmetic dentistry, dental professionals can now combine implants with dentures. This way, you can have a more stable and functional dental prosthesis. Do you want to learn more about implant-supported dentures? Here, we will answer a few of the most common questions regarding denture support.
Traditional dentures are generally held in place with adhesive. You can take them out of your mouth at night. This way, you can soak and clean them properly. But dentures are at risk of becoming loose and then slipping. It can’t also give you back your full bite function.
On the other hand, implant-supported dentures are dentures that aren’t removable. Depending on your jawbone structure, your dentist will affix between four and six dental implants to support your denture. With this alternative, you can brush your teeth as you would with natural teeth. Also, you no longer have to worry about them loosening and falling out.
Everyone would probably agree that dental implants are the gold standard when it comes to replacing missing teeth. But some people hesitate over its price tag. Implants are often a lot more expensive upfront compared to traditional dentures. But with implant-supported dentures, you can have the best of both worlds. Fixing fewer implants means you’d spend less. You will find it easier to speak too. Since implant posts are placed in your jawbone, you get to restore your bite function. This means that you will enjoy more foods because your denture support can handle them. You also don’t have to bother yourself with the extra care and maintenance that often comes with traditional dentures.
If you’ve tried traditional dentures before, you’d know that they feel different. They take some time to get used to, as well. With implant-supported dentures, though, they feel the most like your natural teeth.
You can be a potential candidate for implant-supported dentures if you have multiple missing teeth. To be eligible for this procedure, you have to be in good general health and a non-smoker. You should also have healthy and sufficient jawbone tissue to hold your implants. Otherwise, it will not be able to support your implant-supported dentures. In this case, your dentist will likely recommend bone grafting or a sinus lift procedure to make the restoration suitable for you. These additional procedures will add a few months to your overall treatment timeline, though.
Are you interested in getting implant-supported dentures? Schedule your dental examination today at Oral Surgical Associates. Call our offices in Missoula and Hamilton, Montana, at (406) 282-8768 to make an appointment.