Implant Supported Dentures
Several factors can lead to a patient missing an entire arch of their teeth. Traumatic accidents, severe periodontitis, and even just aging can cause numerous teeth to fall out. Missing an entire bottom or top arch of teeth severely impacts your ability to eat and speak correctly. To get the proper nutrients to maintain a healthy lifestyle, it is important to replace these teeth as soon as possible.
At Blue Periodontics, we understand how important it is to have a full set of healthy and functional teeth. Having a full set of teeth does not only improve the cosmetics of your smile, but it also improves your quality of life. Implant-supported dentures are a viable prosthetic option for patients missing all the teeth in a single arch. If you are considering getting implant-supported dentures, read on to obtain more information on the subject.
What are implant-supported dentures?
As the name suggests, implant-supported dentures are similar to traditional dentures but are locked in place by supports that are implanted into the mouth. These prosthetics use as little as two supports per arch and the supports are usually made out of titanium. Titanium has special properties that allow it to fuse to bone material and it is rarely ever rejected by the body.
Aside from the implanted supports, the rest of the prosthetic consists of a synthetic gumline and prosthetic teeth, typically made out of porcelain fused to metal or zirconium. This part of the denture has small attachment pieces on it that snap into the supports and lock them securely in place.
Like conventional dentures, implant-supported dentures are removable, but because they snap into the implanted supports, they are much more secure than conventional dentures. Also, because the implant-supported dentures snap onto the implants for support, they eliminate the need for messy adhesives.
What are the benefits of implant-supported dentures?
The number one advantage to implant-supported dentures is that they have all the benefits of traditional dentures, but they are far more secure because they lock into the implants. Conventional dentures may shift around in the mouth whenever you are speaking, which can lead to some speech impairments. This can also occur while eating, making it much more difficult to consume certain food items.
Unlike full-on dental implants, implant-supported dentures are removable, which may be desirable for certain patients. Being able to remove the dentures can make it easier to clean and maintain.
Implant-supported dentures are also far cheaper than getting a dental implant for each missing tooth. For patients who need dental prosthetics for several missing teeth, implant-supported dentures are a budget-friendly option that sits securely in the mouth. The surgery for implant-supported dentures is also quicker and less invasive than individual dental implants because you only need as little as two implants per arch to replace all of the teeth.
Implant-supported dentures are a popular and budget-friendly way to replace all the teeth in a single arch. Plus, they are removable like regular dentures, but also more secure, so you are getting the best of both worlds. If you need all the teeth in a single arch replaced, or want more information on implant-supported dentures, call Blue Periodontics at (970) 678-3473 to schedule a consultation today.