Partial dentures can be valuable for replacing a small number of missing teeth, but patients who need treatment for this condition may be concerned that the appliance will affect various aspects of their life, such as their speech and their diet. Indeed, conventional partial dentures can be unreliable and uncomfortable, making it more challenging to speak clearly. However, a partial denture supported by dental implants can overcome many of these challenges, eliminating any negative effects on the patient’s speech.
After an oral surgeon places dental implants in a patient’s jaw, those implants are osseointegrated into the jaw. That is, the surrounding bone tissue fuses with the dental implants, making the small titanium cylinders a permanent part of the jaw’s structure. When dental implants anchor a partial denture, the denture is more secure and stable and much less likely to slide out of place when a patient is trying to talk.
In order to be eligible for dental implants to secure a partial denture, patients need to have enough bone tissue at the implant sites to support osseointegration. Your oral surgeon will examine your jaw and take x-rays to make sure that the dental implants are likely to be successful. If you have already lost some bone or are missing bone due to a congenital defect, a bone graft may be recommended before dental implant placement.
Greater peace of mind in speaking isn’t the only benefit associated with an implant-supported partial denture. A conventional partial denture requires clasps that attach to surrounding teeth, which can cause wear and tear over time. However, dental implants stand alone and have no impact on adjacent teeth. Additionally, an implant-supported partial denture is better equipped to chew thanks to the connection with the patient’s jaw.
Partial dentures don’t have to compromise your speech when they have a secure fit, and dental implants can make such dentures more stable. To learn more about dental implants and their many benefits, contact EverSmile for an initial consultation.