Having missing teeth negatively affects your life in many ways. The change in appearance results in reduced confidence and affects personal and professional life. Difficulty with eating and speaking is also experienced. A denture is one of many treatment options for one or more missing teeth. Discover the benefits implant-supported dentures have to offer.
Implant-supported denture vs. traditional denture:
Fit and comfort- An implant-supported denture has a secure and comfortable fit. As well, no messy adhesives are required. You can smile, eat, and speak without worrying about your denture becoming dislodged.
Bone retention- When there are no teeth present in the jaw bone, the bone begins to recede. Traditional dentures become loose over time and need to be relined due to the bone receding. With an implant-supported denture, the implants are secured directly to the bone, and the bone is maintained.
Proper nutrition- With an ill-fitting traditional denture, certain foods are difficult to eat and chew properly. This affects digestion and leads to nutritional deficiencies when left untreated. A secure implant-supported denture makes chewing comfortable and easy. As well, a wide range of food options are available to you.
While a thorough assessment must be done to determine if you are a candidate for implants; the majority of patients are good candidates. Sometimes there is not enough bone to place the implants, and a bone graft is needed first. Your dental professional will guide you through the benefits of an implant-supported denture (fixed) or an implant-retained denture (removable) to ensure the option you select best suits your needs.
Implant-supported dentures vs. implant-retained dentures:
Implant-supported dentures- These dentures are permanently secured and not removable at home. They require more implants to be placed in the jaw and have a more secure fit. They are great for those who do not want to remove their teeth and who want the ability to chew harder foods. The implants absorb the force of the bite which mimics the natural bite more when compared to an implant-retained denture.
Implant-retained dentures- The wearer can remove this type of denture, usually when cleaning them and for sleeping. They are cost-effective since they do not require as many implants to be placed. They have a better, more secure fit and greater comfort than a traditional denture. However, there may be some difficulty with eating certain foods.
Your dental professional will work with you to come up with the best treatment plan to suit your needs, finances, and lifestyle. Considering an implant-supported denture, or have any questions? Call us today: 416-652-7590