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Implant Supported Dentures: Pros and Cons
Implant supported dentures have long been hailed as an effective, lifelike option for edentulous patients (those who have lost all their teeth). These special appliances are designed to attach directly to strategically placed dental implant posts and can be used to replace teeth on both the top and bottom of the mouth.
Types of implant supported dentures
There are two types of implant supported dentures: temporary and permanent.
Temporary dentures can detach from the implant posts and be reattached by the patient at home. As the more cost-effective option when it comes to implant supported dentures, removable dentures tend to wear out more quickly.
Permanent implant supported dentures are fixed onto implant posts. These dentures are not meant to be removed, unless by a dentist for maintenance or repair. Permanent dentures are prosthetic rows of teeth that are custom-created to fit the jaw arch of each patient.
Pros of implant supported dentures
These sturdy dentures have many benefits, including strength, stability and the ability to last for decades.
Because implant supported dentures are attached directly to the implant posts, they can be used like natural teeth. The dietary restrictions that come with gum-supported dentures can be limiting for many patients.
Conventional dentures rely on the mouth muscles and gums for support, while implant-supported dentures are anchored by strategically-placed implants in the jawbone. Because the implants hold the dentures in place, they are unlikely to slip or become loose.
Implant supported dentures are built to last anywhere from five to eight years, depending on the type of denture used. Injury to the mouth can cause breaks that shrink this timespan, so be careful to pay close attention to implant supported dentures after any trauma to the jaw and mouth.
Although implant supported dentures are an excellent option for many patients, they do not work for everyone.
Snap-on dentures can wear out quickly
Temporary dentures, or snap-on dentures, are held in place by a snapping mechanism at the top of the denture, much like a ball-and-socket system. This mechanism is made from strong materials, but it does tend to wear out quicker than regular dentures.
They are more costly than traditional dentures
These dentures have many benefits over traditional dentures and therefore, tend to cost more. The features of implant-supported dentures far outweigh the disadvantages, however. Even with the cost difference, patients tend to go for implant-supported dentures over traditional dentures.
Jawbone density is required
Patients who do not have enough bone density to hold dental implants may not be good candidates for implant supported dentures. As soon as teeth are lost, the jawbone begins to shrink away. If there is not enough bone density left to support implants, bone grafting can be completed before implant surgery.
Implant supported dentures can transform your smile
Ask your dentist about implant supported dentures if you are ready to get the smile of your dreams. Call our office today for a consultation and to get you on track to a complete smile.
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