Implant-Supported Dentures provide enhanced stability compared to traditional dentures.
Benefits of Implant Dentures
Benefits of implant supported dentures include:
- Increased stability
- Ability to eat and speak without slipping dentures
- Less irritation to the gums
- Need to be replaced less often
- Lower risk of bone deterioration in the jaw
Dentures Supported by Dental Implants
Traditional dentures do not interact with your jaw bone, which means that deterioration of the bone can occur over time. In fact, within five to seven years most dentures need to be replaced because they no longer fit properly. When a denture does not fit, problems such as slippage, discomfort, and clicking sounds can occur when eating or talking. Luckily, this occurrence no longer needs to be tolerated. Our office can deliver dentures supported by dental implants.
Just as the name suggests, implant-supported dentures are anchored into the jaw bone by dental implants. This provides better stability and also helps to stabilize bone mass. While this type of prosthetic is generally used in the lower jaw where stability is often needed the most, it can be used in the upper jaw as well. Although the implants will remain permanently fused with the jaw bone, the denture can be easily removed for cleaning or during sleep. There is also the option of having fixed implant dentures, which will act just like a permanent set of teeth.
There are two main types of implant-supported dentures currently available. These include:
First, a thin metal bar is constructed to match the curve of your jaw. The bar is then attached to your dental implants. Finally, the denture is secured to the bar using clips or another method of attachment for optimum stability.
These use a ball and socket method and are considered to be the most stable. Typically, the implants are fitted with balls at the top which line up with a set of sockets found on the base of the denture.
If you need a denture or are unhappy with your current appliance, implant-supported dentures may be the solution for you. To find out if you are a candidate for dentures supported by dental implants, contact our office to schedule your consultation today!