Patients who are dissatisfied with conventional dentures that feel uncomfortable with a poor fit have a better option that offers a wide range of benefits: dental implants. Implant-supported appliances are more durable and functional for starters. Here’s a review of some of the advantages for patients who choose dental implants.
Because the patient’s jaw forms a bond with the dental implant after the oral surgeon places the device, implant-supported dentures are much more durable than standard ones. The dental implants act like biological tooth roots in anchoring the jawbone while supporting the “crowns” of the teeth. In doing so, dental implants help to stabilize the jaw so that the prosthetic will keep its fit. In contrast, conventional dentures lack such a structure to hold the jaw in place, so it slowly erodes. As the jaw’s contour changes, the denture loses its fit. Eventually it needs to be re-fitted or replaced, which is unlikely to occur with an implant-supported denture.
Implant-supported dentures are also more effective at chewing, as the bond between bone and implant also facilitates the implant’s ability to withstand relatively strong forces. Therefore, patients with implant-supported dentures are much less likely to be told that they have to give up their favorite foods. Of course, patients should use common sense in this regard because any food (or non-food item) that could hurt a biological tooth could also damage an implant-supported denture.
Dental implants are versatile and suitable for different tooth loss scenarios, as well. For example, implants can support a dental bridge and provide a more stable solution than partial dentures, for example. An oral surgeon can place as few as four dental implants to support an entire denture, allowing patients who have experienced some bone loss at the rear of the jaw to access this treatment option.
Implant-supported dentures can give patients a much better experience after tooth loss. Are you interested in exploring this treatment option? Call our office to schedule an evaluation to see if dental implants might be the right choice for you.