Don’t you love having options? Years ago, when a person was told they needed dentures, they had only one option: traditional full or partial dentures.
Thanks to the many advancements in dentistry, today you can choose either traditional or implant supported dentures.
While it’s exciting to have options, it can be a little daunting as well. After all, how do you know if you’re making the right decision?
Just because implant dentures are the latest thing doesn’t necessarily make them the best – or, does it? Today, you’ll find out why dentures with implants are the smart choice.
Implant Supported Dentures vs. Traditional Dentures – What’s the Difference?
Traditional dentures fit over the entire arch of your upper and/or lower jaw. The base supports a full arch of plastic teeth that replace those you’ve lost.
Implant supported dentures are similar in that they, too, have bases that support your replacement teeth. The difference is the under portion of the denture.
A traditional denture is smooth, allowing it to fit on top of your gums. Implant denture bases have round holes or oblong divots. These holes or divots snap onto titanium implants that have been placed into your jawbone.
While traditional dentures have been around for a long time, they have some downsides. The biggest one is that, over time, the denture can lose suction due to bone loss. When this happens, you’ll need to use denture adhesive or have your dentist reline the denture.
Not everyone can tolerate denture adhesives. Ill-fitting dentures can also make it difficult to eat and speak.
What about dentures with implants? Are they any better?
The Top 4 Benefits of Investing in Dentures with Implants
Here’s why we encourage patients to get implant supported dentures.
1. Implants Keep Your Jawbone Healthy and Strong
The implants act as an anchor for your jawbone – just like your natural anchors; the roots of your teeth. When the bone has something to grasp onto, it stays thick and strong.
If the jawbones don’t have an anchor, they begin to recede, resulting in:
- Jaw joint issues, including pain and headaches
- Sagging facial features
2. Implant Supported Dentures Look Great & Can Turn Back the Clocks of Time
Like traditional dentures, these implant dentures can be made to suit your sense of aesthetics.
Traditional dentures, however, can cause your face to sag overtime because of the bone loss, while dental implants keeps your face in its natural shape.
Unlike traditional dentures, implant dentures are designed to support your face, reducing sagging, jowls, and sunken cheeks.
3. Dentures with Implants Are More Comfortable
Traditional dentures sit on top of your gingiva, one of the most sensitive parts of the body. With regular wear, the denture rubs against the gums and can cause sores.
Conversely, implant dentures clip onto the implants instead of sitting on top of the gums. This is much more comfortable and prevent facial pain caused by wearing poorly fitted dentures.
Implant supported dentures can evenly distribute pressure on the gums, eradicating friction on the gums and denture discomfort.
4. It’s Easier to Smile, Talk, and Eat with These Dentures
Because implant dentures are so stable, it’s much easier to smile and talk. You don’t have to worry they’re going to move or even slip out of your mouth.
Eating will be easier too, because your dentures aren’t shifting around in your mouth. Not only does this make eating more enjoyable, it’s a great way to encourage better digestion. After all, digestion begins in the mouth! When your food isn’t properly chewed, the rest of the digestive system has to work harder to break everything down.
Some other reasons why people love these dentures:
- They’re easy to care for
- They’re extremely durable
The Implant Process – What You Can Expect When Getting Implant Dentures
- We start with implant surgery. Four to six implants are placed on your upper arch and four to six are placed in the lower jaw bone as well.
- The dentures have clips that fit onto the implants. They snap into place, like a snap-button shirt.
Once the lab has completed your dentures, we’ll try them. We want to make sure they’re comfortable and that you have an even bite. And of course, we want to make sure they snap securely over the implant abutments.
Not only do these dentures keep the bone strong, they keep the dentures secure. Eating is much easier and the dentures won’t become loose or fall out. It’s an ideal long-term solution for denture wearers.
Look, Feel, Eat Better with Implant Supported Dentures
Remember, oral health is connected to your overall health. Experiencing pain or difficulty while chewing, smiling or speaking due to ill-fitting dentures can be stressful.
If you’re considering getting dentures, or replacing your current dentures, Calgary dental offices that offer implant dentures – like our Calgary dentist office, Dentalife – can help. In fact, patients that do not respond well to dentures are often referred to us by their denturists to ease their discomfort.
My team and I will walk you through every step of the implant process. We’ll do all we can to ease your mind about the procedures and the cost of implant supported dentures.
My team and I will also discuss all possible options for replacing your missing teeth so you can make the best choice to fit your needs.
Deciding to invest in implant supported dentures is a big step. We understand how overwhelming it can feel. Call us at (403)-262-9898 or email us to schedule a consultation. We look forward to answering your questions.