If you have lost most of your real teeth, implant-supported dentures should be one of the first options you consider. Figuring out the right solution when you are missing many of your natural teeth can be quite the challenge.
On one hand, you can have dental implants, which are typically the next best thing to a real tooth. The biggest drawback associated with implants is their usual price tag. On the other hand, you can have dentures, which are a significantly cheaper alternative. Dentures are, in fact, typically the least expensive way to replace most of your real teeth. The problem with dentures is that they come with disadvantages like the cleaning required, the use of adhesives and the device constantly moving in the wearer's mouth.
What are implant-supported dentures?
Implant-supported dentures are a combination of these two popular prosthetics for replacing missing teeth. During the procedure, the patient gets four to six implants surgically inserted into each half of their jaw. The implants are given up to six months to bond with the surrounding bone tissue holding them in place. This process is known as osseointegration.
Once the implants are fully fused, the dentist will attach a special set of dentures to each half of the patient's mouth. Implant-supported dentures come with several benefits like:
1. They prevent bone tissue loss
Traditional dentures do not address the bone tissue loss that naturally occurs when a person loses natural teeth. Implant-supported dentures tend to keep the wearer's jawbone tissue healthy since the implants keep the jaw properly stimulated the same way that a natural tooth's roots do. Whenever the person bites down, some of the force is transferred to the jawbone via teeth roots.
People who opt for dental implants or implant-supported dentures typically do not have to deal with the facial changes that can arise when a person loses most of their natural teeth.
2. There is no specialized maintenance
Unlike dentures, which need to be carefully cleaned and soaked in denture solution each night, implant-supported dentures do not require special maintenance of any kind. Cleaning the prosthetic is all patients need to do to keep it in excellent condition.
3. The devices are virtually as stable as real teeth
Implant-supported dentures are held firmly in place by up to six implants for each half of the wearer's jaw. It means that the prosthetic does not move when the person eats or speaks. That is a huge contrast from traditional dentures, which are typically only held in place via suction and adhesives. The constant shifting of dentures can lead to sores developing inside the wearer's mouth. That is something else that people who opt for implant-supported dentures typically do not have to worry about.
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If you are looking for a cost-effective way to replace missing teeth, implant-supported dentures are one way to go. Stop by our Walnut Creek office to learn more about these prosthetics and other teeth replacement options.
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