Implant Supported Dentures
Tooth loss is an increasingly common issue that arises as a result of disease, injury, or simply age. The condition of losing all teeth is referred to as “edentulism,” while the loss of one or more teeth is called “partial edentulism.” Both types of edentulism can alter your jawbone structure, your bite, and even your self-esteem. If you find yourself fitting into one or more of these categories, rest assured, this issue is not permanent. If you are searching to restore your natural smile, Mountain State Oral and Facial Surgery is here to help, and implant supported dentures may be your solution.
What Are Implant Supported Dentures and How Are They Placed?
Implant supported dentures are similar to traditional dentures, except they are anchored in place using implants. The implants are typically titanium screws that are connected to the jawbone around the arch of your mouth. Thus, implant supported dentures do not lay on top of your gums in the same way conventional dentures do. This implant method prevents the dentures from slipping and causing oral chafing, which allows you to communicate and smile with ease.
Who Is a Candidate for Implant Supported Dentures?
Prior to getting implant supported dentures, our team must first perform a thorough oral examination of your mouth to determine if you are a good candidate for them. Good candidates for implant supported dentures are those of you who have advanced tooth decay (which may require a dental extraction) or already have missing teeth. You should have healthy gums and sufficiently strong jawbone density. Some patients who do not have sufficient jawbone density may have to undergo bone grafting beforehand. If you meet all of these conditions and want a natural-looking fix for tooth loss, then you may be a candidate for implant supported dentures.
What Are the Benefits of Implant Supported Dentures?
Implant supported dentures have numerous advantages, all of which can dramatically improve your self-esteem. For example, a lack of stimulation in your jawbone can cause the breakdown of bone substance, also known as bone atrophy. While conventional dentures require constant maintenance to prevent bone atrophy, implant supported dentures actively fight against it. You will be able to eat, talk, and smile normally with implant supported dentures. This provides constant stimulation which helps to preserve your jawbone in the same way regular teeth do.
Additionally, stability is a glowing feature of implant supported dentures. The strong foundations of these dentures are almost three times stronger than traditional dentures, which allow you to eat tough and crunchy foods that you may not have been able to enjoy before. From speech enhancement to eating, the implants allow your dentures to stay firmly in place without much adjustment.
Ultimately, implant supported dentures are a long-term investment in yourself. While traditional dentures may have more affordable upfront costs, they also require constant adjustments that can become inconvenient throughout the years. People who invest in implant supported dentures generally find a large boost in confidence, without having to worry about it being high maintenance. This means that implant supported dentures may be more cost-effective than traditional dentures.
Oral health is integral to fostering a healthy relationship with yourself. We want you to feel you are the best version of yourself without having to compromise confidence for health. If you struggle with full or partial edentulism and desire a solution, please contact Mountain State Oral and Facial Surgery at 304-345-1092 for more information on whether implant supported dentures are right for you.