Restoring your smile after missing teeth is a big decision. Fortunately, when it comes to tooth replacement, there are countless options available. If you are replacing a complete row of teeth (the top, bottom or both), you'll need to consider dentures. Traditional dentures rest on the gums and are held in place by adhesives. However, for patients who want a more secure fit and a better long-term solution, implant supported dentures may be the way to go. In fact, there are some invaluable advantages to choosing implant-supported dentures over traditional dentures, including the following:
More Secure: The most noticeable benefit of an implant supported denture is the added security, which ultimately leads to more peace of mind as you go about your day. With implant-supported dentures, your prosthetic teeth are secured using two to four dental implants. These implants are surgically placed into your jawbone, which means they can act as your tooth root. This is especially beneficial to patients who struggle to get their lower denture to fit securely. With implant-supported dentures, you can avoid denture slipping when you talk, laugh or chew. In many cases, this also allows for more dietary freedom compared to traditional dentures, which is a significant advantage towards your long-term health.
Less Hassle: The ability to retain your dentures with fixed dental implants also provides better convenience. Adhesive creams can get messy, and they can be a hassle to deal with on a daily basis. With implant-supported dentures, your mouth has all the structures it needs to securely hold your replacement teeth in place throughout the day.
Bone Preservation: A less obvious but highly important reason to choose implant-supported dentures is bone conservation. Missing teeth lead to jaw bone loss when there is no tooth root to properly stimulate the jaw. This bone loss can eventually change your appearance by causing a sunken or hallowed look in the face, otherwise known as premature facial aging. Since traditional dentures do not replace the tooth root like a dental implant does, bone loss is still a concern unless you elect to anchor your dentures with implants.
For more information on the best ways to replace your missing teeth, call Basin Dentistry. We offer complete implant dentistry, including bar-retained and ball-retained overdentures. Our goal is to present you with all possible options so that we can help you achieve your most confident smile possible after missing teeth!
Posted on behalf of Basin Dentistry