Implant-Supported Dentures vs. Traditional Dentures
Tooth loss has a significant impact on one’s quality of life. The more teeth you lose, the more pain you will experience. It becomes difficult, if not impossible, to eat and speak, and your confidence and smile may suffer as a result. You must replace missing teeth! Dentures have traditionally been the solution for people who have lost all their teeth. However, traditional dentures have evolved thanks to modern technology. At Rockwall Oral Surgery, we offer dental implant-supported dentures, restoring the health and beauty of your smile!
Traditional dentures are removable prosthetic teeth comprised of false teeth set into a gum-colored acrylic base. Dentures are supported by your gums and held in place with suction, based on molds of your mouth (when they fit correctly). They should be taken out and left out every night for thorough cleaning and allow your gums to rest.
Because your jawbone changes shape over time, you should replace dentures every seven years. When they don’t fit properly, they can slip out of place and rub against your gums, causing denture sores and a lot of pain. Dental implants have provided patients with a superior tooth replacement option.
Implant-supported dentures are used to replace an entire arch of missing teeth. Depending on your situation, 4 to 8 implants are typically used. Implant-supported dentures come in 3 different types:
- Fixed implant-supported dentures: These dentures are affixed permanently in place with screws.
- Bar-retained dentures: A bar connects to your implants, and the dentures snap or clip into place. Bar-retained dentures are removable, unlike fixed implant-supported dentures.
- All on 4®: As the name suggests, four implants support the false teeth with this type of implant-supported denture. This method is commonly used when you have suffered some bone loss and can help avoid the need for a bone graft.
Implant-supported dentures have several advantages.
The Following Are Some of the Advantages of Implant-Supported Dentures:
- Increased comfort
- Improved eating and speech
- Increased convenience as there is no need to worry about dentures slipping out of place or denture sores
- Increased longevity as dentures do not need to be replaced every few years
- Maintained the health and shape of the jawbone
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Implant-supported dentures may be a good option for you if you’ve lost a lot of teeth and want an alternative to traditional dentures. To learn more, give us a call at (469)757-4433.