If you already have dentures, you may have encountered some of the frustrations patients frequently have with this traditional tooth replacement option. The cons of dentures include having to remove them while you sleep, frequent adjustments, messy adhesives, and even avoiding certain foods.
Implant-supported dentures can resolve a few of these issues while boosting the stability of your dentures by using implants that are anchored to the jawbone. This helps with eating and talking, as well as preventing the dentures from continuously shifting in the mouth. One of the biggest upsides to implant-supported dentures is that they aren't as costly as full restorative implants. Four to six implants are enough to support dentures.
How Do Implant-Supported Dentures Work?
A surgeon will affix four to six dental implants using titanium screws into the jawbone, which will then need time to fuse to the bone. This process, known as osseointegration, generally takes between 3-6 months. Once healed, a set of dentures can be attached.
One of the main differences between traditional removable dentures and the implant-supported variation is that they aren't as easily removed. This is a benefit for many patients, as it helps to prevent bone loss and the result is more natural looking. Patients can enjoy their favorite foods and live life with fewer constraints. Consult with your dentist to determine whether fixed or removable "snap-on" implant-supported dentures are right for you.
Benefits of Implant-Supported Dentures
One of the largest draws of implant-supported dentures is that they're less expensive than a whole set of implants. Opting for four implants as opposed to a mouthful is significantly easier on the budget, while still reaping many of the benefits of implants. It’s not uncommon for denture-wearers to upgrade to the implant-supported option, as it's more comfortable and secure.
Traditional dentures have a tendency to become loose as time goes on, which can be due to deterioration of the jaw bone because of a lack of stimulation provided by natural teeth. Because dental implants are embedded into the jawbone, they provide the necessary stimulus when chewing for bone preservation.
Nobody wants to deal with the embarrassment of your dentures shifting out of place when you're speaking or eating amongst other people. Implants help to keep the dentures locked into place, which removes social anxiety and boosts confidence in your smile.
Implant-Supported Dentures in Somers, NY
Rosen Dental PC is happy to provide patients with a multitude of tooth replacement options, including dentures, implants, and implant-supported dentures. Every patient is different and we strive to create an individualized treatment plan to meet your specific needs and preferences. If you want to stabilize your dentures when eating and speaking, implant-supported dentures may be the perfect solution.