March 29, 2023
When adults lose teeth as they age, they often jump to the conclusion that they will need traditional prosthetic dentures, which sit on the gums of your mouth. Thankfully, technology has progressed over the years and we have alternatives for bringing back the appearance of your natural smile, with dental bridges that anchor to existing structures in your mouth. One of our favored alternatives is Permanent Implant-Supported Dentures. Not only do these preserve the aesthetic of the mouth, but they also protect the overall structure of the mouth by preventing the surrounding teeth from moving out of their usual position, further preventing discomfort as these structural changes take place.
How do Implant-Supported Dentures work?
Permanent Implant-Supported Dentures are attached by six to eight dental implants which are fixed to the jawbone, offering full support and stabilization of the new dentures. The use of multiple implants also helps to support the bone structure in the jaw, meaning you won’t experience facial changes (due to your gums shrinking) or bone loss, which is commonly experienced when you lose natural teeth and if you opt for traditional, removable dentures. This is a reason why many people favor implant-supported dentures.
The 3 key benefits of Implant-Supported Dentures
Because they’re secured to your jawbone (the same way your natural teeth are anchored to bone tissues in the jaw), implant dentures are significantly more stable than traditional dentures, reducing the risk of sores on the soft tissues in your mouth. The increased stability makes it easier to speak, unlike removable dentures which can sometimes make it difficult to talk!
2. Protects your facial structure
Similar to muscle tissue, bone tissue needs stimulation to remain healthy and in-tact. Any gaps from tooth loss will limit stimulation, which can cause the bone tissues in the mouth to break down, shrink, and inevitably impact your facial structure.
When we secure implants into the jaw, these fuse with the bone tissue through osseointegration. This means that once we fit the dentures onto the implants, any bite force is transferred from the artificial tooth to the jaw. As a result, the jaw receives all of the stimulation it needs to remain healthy and prevent any bone tissue loss from the tooth falling out.
3. Improved lifestyle
Thanks to the improved oral health and general aesthetic of the mouth, many people find their implant-dentures help them regain any forgone confidence from tooth loss. Although other options such as traditional dentures might be cheaper, implant-dentures are seen as a comfier, healthier alternative, not to mention the convenience of being able to brush them just like natural teeth!
Tips for looking-after your Implant-Supported Dentures
- Equipment: Use a soft-bristle toothbrush with a non-abrasive toothpaste. We recommend gently brushing the surfaces of the dentures so that they don’t get scratched
- Thoroughly-clean: Carefully clean around the attachments, your gums, cheeks, roof of your mouth, and tongue to ensure any plaque is removed. Not only will this preserve the condition of your teeth, but it will also reduce the risk of bad breath and oral irritation.
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