Most denture wearers have had the unpleasant experience of unleashing a smile only to cut it off quickly from fear that the appliance would slip out of place. The prospect of such a circumstance may deter patients who are in need of a complete tooth replacement.
Fortunately, there’s a better option. Implant supported dentures can boost your confidence and let you flash your grin fearlessly.
Patients who choose this method first have dental implants placed in the jaw by an oral surgeon. Those implants fuse with the bone, and they secure a prosthetic arch that has holes strategically placed to allow it to slide over the implants.
Implant supported dentures keep the denture in place, far more effectively than even the strongest denture adhesive—and without the unappealing taste.
With implant supported dentures, your appliance won’t lose its fit over time, either. One of the main problems with dentures is that the appliances do nothing to replace the important tooth structure located beneath the gumline – the root.
The teeth’s roots stabilize the jaw, and when they are absent, the bone atrophies. This phenomenon alters the shape of the jaw and, eventually, the fit of your denture.
In contrast, the implants replicate some of the missing roots. They hold the jaw in place and keep the fit between the prosthetic arch and the gumline constant.
Not only can you smile confidently with dental implants, you can eat confidently too! Implant supported dentures are more effective at replacing the functionality of the missing teeth in addition to their form. Because the denture is rooted in the jaw via the implants, it can withstand greater forces. Patients who choose implant supported dentures typically find that they can enjoy more of their favorite foods.
As few as four implants can be used to support an upper or lower denture, allowing even patients who have experienced extensive bone loss to take advantage of this treatment option.
Implant supported dentures come with a long list of benefits. If you need to replace an entire arch of missing teeth, schedule a consultation with the office of Drs. Steven D. Sherry and John D. Wallace to learn more about this treatment option.