Tooth loss can negatively impact your life quite a bit, but the good news is that implant supported dentures can help. Unlike with traditional dentures, implant supported dentures do not limit a patient’s food choice. This type of denture can last for a long time to come with the right care. Getting these dentures can change your appearance for the better.
Benefits of Implant Supported Dentures
A traditional set of dentures rests on the patient’s gumline. The dentures are held in place using a combination of adhesives and suction. This type of denture is usually not as stable as implant supported dentures. Implant supported dentures are held in place with metal posts that have been surgically placed in the patient’s jawbone. Patients will not be as likely to experience issues with fit or movement in the mouth.
This type of denture is a solution that has been designed to last for a long time to come. The dental implants will fuse to the jawbone after they have been placed into the jawbone. The function of the implants is similar to that of tooth roots. In fact, getting implants is the closest that a patient can get to restoring both the appearance and function of natural teeth. This denture can remain securely in place no matter what the patient is eating. The implants can also stimulate the jawbone to prevent bone loss.
Another benefit of implant supported dentures is that it can improve patients’ self-esteem. Many people who have missing teeth do not feel good about their smiles. With this type of denture, a patient can have a beautiful smile again. This can help patients to smile more often.
Placing the Implants
A dentist will place the implants in specific locations in the patient’s jaw. These locations will have been chosen ahead of time, based on X-rays. The locations are designed to maximize the amount of available bone density in the area. This can help some patients to avoid having bone grafting done as part of the procedure.
The dentist will place the implants by making an incision in the gums and drilling into the bone. After each implant is in place, the dentist will stitch up the area again. A patient will generally have several anesthesia options to choose from, so the procedure itself will not usually be painful for the patient. A patient might receive a temporary set of dentures to wear until the site is healed enough for the permanent set of dentures. The dentist will give the patient diet instructions.
Visit a Dentist Today
Choosing to get implant supported dentures can change your smile for the better. With the implants, you will have a secure replacement for your missing teeth, allowing you to enjoy new foods. You can also experience more joy in your smile each time you look in the mirror. Contacting a dentist can help you set up a consultation to get started with this type of denture.
Request an appointment or call Integrated Dental Care at (610) 600-9745 for an appointment in our Exton office.