Are you missing a full arch of teeth? You’ve got options. Dentures are the go-to solution in restorative dentistry, but not all dentures are created equal. While dentures may look the same on the outside, they can have significant differences in how they are anchored on the inside. Modern denture models that are supported by dental implants are considered a superior solution compared to traditional dentures that rest on the gum line.
What are Implant-Supported Dentures?
If you have implant-supported dentures, it simply means that you have a full upper or lower denture that is supported or held in place using dental implants. These dental implants are titanium screws or posts that are surgically placed in the jawbone. In many cases, only a few dental implants are needed to anchor a full arch of prosthetic teeth. To really understand the value of this type of support system, it is important to compare implant dentures to traditional dentures.
The Downfall of Traditional Dentures
Traditional dentures rest along the gum line and are stabilized using special adhesive cream, which can be messy, inconvenient and ineffective for some patients. Traditional dentures are known for becoming loose, requiring frequent adjustments/relines and limiting overall smile confidence. For example, you may avoid laughing hard with friends or eating your favorite foods due to the fear that your dentures will slip out of place. Since traditional dentures simply rest on the gum line, they can also accelerate facial aging due to lack of jawbone stimulation and eventual bone shrinkage in the lower face.
The Advantages of Implant Dentures
Dentures that are supported by dental implants, also called overdentures, replicate a more natural smile structure. In doing so, they offer numerous benefits towards your appearance, comfort and quality of life. Compared to traditional dentures, your implant-supported dentures can:
- Improve your self-confidence
- Offer greater denture stability when laughing, speaking and eating
- Allow you to have dietary freedom (more fruits, vegetables and meats)
- Prevent bone loss, avoid premature facial aging
- Easily maintain your prosthetic teeth, without denture creams and special products
To learn more about implant-supported dentures or to find out if you qualify, please call Modern Dental & Implants. We are here to help you weigh the pros and cons of your options in full-arch teeth replacement.