Missing teeth can create aesthetic and oral health issues, especially if you miss an entire row of teeth. For many years, traditional dentures have been the only option to replace a whole arch of teeth. However, multiple dental implants offer a more secure and permanent solution. Dr. Elizabeth Duling provides implant-secured and implant-supported denture treatment in Owens Cross Roads, AL.
Implant dentures benefit patients who want a reliable and comfortable teeth replacement solution. This restorative dentistry treatment provides more stability, aesthetics, and functionality than traditional removable dentures.
What is an Implant-Supported Denture?
An implant-supported denture uses dental implants to hold a custom denture firmly in place. Dr. Duling will use four to eight implants for an implant-supported denture in her Owen’s Cross Roads, AL office.
You will need to have them surgically placed in your jawbone. The implants will also serve as replacement teeth roots. After about three to six months, the implants will fuse to the bone, becoming one with the jaw.
Impant-supported dentures are fixed in place. As few as four implants can secure an arch of missing teeth. This is known as “All-on-Four.”
Implant-secured dentures use dental implants for support but are removable. There are two types of implant-secured dentures available:
- A bar-retained denture involves securing a thin metal bar to the dental implants. The metal bar will follow the curve of the jaw. Then, the custom denture is made with clips that allow it to clip onto the metal bar. This design will help to distribute the biting force evenly across the dental implants. This type of denture implant is stable and supportive.
- A ball-retained denture, also known as a stud-attached denture, uses a ball and socket mechanism to secure the denture. An abutment with a ball on top of it attaches to the dental implants. Then, the custom denture is designed with sockets in its base. The denture can snap in and out, making it easy to use yet secure.
Implant Dentures versus Traditional Dentures
Dental implants provide more benefits to restorations like dentures than removable options. Compared to removable dentures, implant dentures offer:
Since the implant denture is secured with implant fixtures fused to the jawbone, they offer superior stability and support. Unlike removable dentures, you will never have to worry about your implant denture falling out or slipping around the mouth. Implant dentures will feel more comfortable than removable dentures. They will not cause gum irritation because they are stable.
Implant-supported dentures are more stable. They allow you to bite and chew your food with greater force. A traditional denture is only held in place with suction or adhesive. This means you restrict your diet. You can only eat soft foods with removable dentures.
Dental implants replace the teeth roots while traditional dentures do not. When you replace missing teeth at the root, you provide enough stimulation for the jawbone. This will help regenerate the jaw bone and prevent bone loss. Denture wearers must deal with bone loss after years of wearing them.
If properly cared for, implant-supported dentures will generally last longer than traditional dentures. Traditional denture wearers will need to replace their prosthesis more often due to wear and changes in the jawbone. Dentures need relining or rebasing.
Implant dentures are more comfortable since they do not rest on the gums. The implants will distribute the biting and chewing forces evenly throughout the mouth. This will reduce pressure on the gums. Dentures that lay on the gums can create gum irritation and mouth sores.
Another benefit of the denture being secured with implants is it will not cause speech issues. You can speak clearly and never worry about clicking or slurring when speaking. It can be hard to talk with removable, bulky dentures. This can lead to embarrassment in social situations. Once you are used to your implant dentures, you can pronounce “th” and “ch” sounds like before.
Removable dentures require the proper care. Handling your denture with care is essential. You should avoid dropping it since it can break easily on hard surfaces like sinks. When not in your mouth, please keep it in a denture-cleaning solution or water to prevent it from drying out. Implant-supported dentures
How Do I Care for My Implant-Supported Denture?
If you take good care of your implant-supported denture, it will last longer. You will also benefit from improved oral health. While the denture may need replacement after years of use, the implant anchors are permanent.
Like your natural teeth, you must clean your dentures daily. You can use a soft bristle toothbrush and a non-abrasive denture cleaner. This will remove plaque, stains, and odors.
Remember to floss before brushing your dentures. Depending on your preference, you can use a water flosser, interdental brush, or threaded floss. As with natural teeth, you should brush and floss your dentures twice daily.
If you have an implant-secured denture, you can remove your false teeth for cleaning. Then, place your dentures in a glass of denture cleaner at night. Keeping your dentures moist will prevent them from cracking or drying out.
In addition, never skip your regular dentist appointments. During routine visits, Dr. Duling will check your denture to ensure it’s stable. She will also check your implants to ensure they are stable and healthy. Dental cleanings are still valuable if you have a denture. Cleanings prevent bacterial buildup on the false teeth and gums that can contribute to cavities or gum disease.
Get a Lasting Tooth Restoration
If you are missing a row of teeth, Dr. Duling can provide you with an implant-supported denture in Owens Cross Roads, AL. Call our office at 256.202.4186 to book your consultation. You can also schedule a dental appointment online. Please let us know if you have questions about denture treatment. We will determine if implants are the proper support for your restoration.
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