Posted on 10/31/2023 by Precision Dental Specialties
After losing or missing teeth, various tooth replacement options are available. Dentures are a choice when it comes to replacing missing teeth. Today, you can choose between conventional dentures that sit on top of your gumline and implant-supported ones that are stabilized by anchoring them into the jawbone using implants. If you need to replace your extracted, lost, or missing teeth, then you might want to consider implant-supported dentures.
What are Implant-Supported Dentures?
These are dentures built on the technology and structure of dental implants. A dentist plants the titanium or zirconia post into the jawbone. A process referred to as osseointegration is allowed to occur. It involves the metal post fusing with the existing bone to become one. Rather than having individual teeth, you have a full denture set that rests on implants and is mounted in the mouth. Patients lacking teeth on their lower jaw and having sufficient bone to provide the needed support for the posts are considered candidates for implant-supported dentures.
Why Consider These Dentures
First and foremost, implant-supported dentures have more stability because they are anchored into the jawbone. Again, there is no need for adhesive to keep them in place. Traditional dentures utilize adhesive to have them remain in place.
Further, implant-supported dentures offer a natural chewing experience. They are easier to care for and offer a natural-looking smile. Moreover, these dentures ensure less bone atrophy or bone loss. The implants help stimulate the bone to continue growing, hence reducing the likelihood of having bone resorption.
Your facial look remains as desired since there is no change in your bone volume or mass. You won't have that sunken-in facial look that happens to people who don't replace teeth or who utilize tooth replacement options that cannot stimulate bone growth. For instance, traditional dentures sit on the gumline and do little to stimulate the bone to grow. Talk to our oral surgeon to see how you can benefit from implant-supported dentures.