The biggest question on most people’s minds who have missing teeth is what can I do to restore my natural smile? There are a number of options that are out there for you from traditional dentures to implants to implant-supported dentures.
Traditional dentures that sit on top of your gums are available but can cause many problems, from slippage to losing them, to not quite fitting right. Implant-supported dentures offer a quality solution to many of these problems. However, there are a few factors to consider before choosing implant-supported dentures:
What are your Jaw bone strength and quality?
Like all implants, the implant is placed directly into the jaw bone, which then grows around the implant, fusing it to the bone. Damaged or weak jaw bones are not good candidates for implants as they cannot support the implant process. Grafting procedures can sometimes be helpful in building up the jaw, and generally, implants sit at the front of the jaw, where more bone is available. At the consultation, your dentist will perform a comprehensive exam to get a good idea of where your jaw is strongest and where to position the implants based on the bone available.
How many teeth are missing?
Implant-supported dentures are best for cases where you have many missing teeth. If one or two teeth or missing a bridge or crown may be a better option. Implant-supported dentures can replace all of the teeth on either jaw if necessary.
How is your overall health?
You must be in good, healthy condition to receive an implant. Conditions like hypertension, diabetes, or cancer don’t mean you cannot receive an implant, but it impacts your body’s ability to recuperate post-surgery. That is why any good implant dentist will review your full medical record before moving forward with the procedure. You may need to seek treatment for an underlying condition before qualifying for the procedure. Keep in mind that other alternatives exist if your overall health prevents you from pursuing dental implants at this time.
Why get a implant supported denture?
Implant-supported dentures fuse directly into your jaw bone, so there is no shifting, clicking, or uncomfortable fit. They irritate the gums less and give greater ease to chewing and speaking. Regardless of whether or not the implant-supported denture is in the upper or lower jaw, it will have the strength equal to your original teeth. They don’t leave crevices or pockets where harmful bacteria can breed. They are recommended by dentists when you have trouble eating or talking, have sore or irritated gums from a traditional denture or want to eliminate other problems.
Implant supported dentures also do not require pastes or adhesives, so they can be easier and less expensive to take care of and maintain. Many patients are thrilled by the sense of freedom once they receive their implant supported dentures and their natural smile is restored. Consult with your dentist if you have any similar pains or complaints with your current set of dentures and you may find that implant-supported dentures are a good fit for you.