Dentures have been the go-to solution for people missing multiple teeth or an entire arch for decades. While they are an effective solution, they do have their limitations. Denture wearers can experience discomfort, difficulty speaking and eating, and even embarrassment due to their unstable fit. This is where implants come in as a viable solution to improve denture function and stability.
Can Implants be Used with Dentures?
Implants can be used as a replacement for single or multiple missing teeth and can be used with dentures. Implants are small titanium posts that are surgically positioned into the jawbone. Once they integrate with the bone, they provide a secure and stable foundation for replacement teeth, such as dentures.
The most common area for implant placement in denture wearers is the bottom front of the jaw. By placing two to four implants in this area, the denture can snap onto the implants, providing a more stable and secure fit. When you reach six implants, you can choose a restoration using an acrylic snap-on denture supported by the implants. A full zirconia permanent full arch can also be designed to sit on the implants you’ve placed in either jaw.
How Dentures and Implants Work Together
Dentures supported by implants work together to provide a secure fit that allows the wearer to speak and eat without worrying about their denture shifting or falling out. The implants provide stability to the denture, allowing it to function more like natural teeth. Implant-supported dentures are typically removable, making them easy to clean and maintain. They attach to the implants with either a ball and socket attachment or a bar attachment, allowing for easy removal and insertion.
Why Implant-Supported Dentures are Better than Regular Dentures
Implant-supported dentures have several advantages over traditional dentures. First and foremost, they provide a more stable and secure fit, which allows the wearer to eat and speak with confidence. This can significantly improve their quality of life, especially for those who struggle with traditional dentures. Another advantage of implant-supported dentures is their longevity. Traditional dentures normally need to be replaced every five to seven years due to wear and tear. Implant-supported dentures, on the other hand, can last for 20+ years with proper care.
Bone Loss Issues with Standard Dentures
Standard dentures can lead to bone loss in the jaw due to the lack of stimulation caused by the teeth. This bone loss can lead to a sunken or collapsed appearance in the face, which can be both unsightly and uncomfortable. Implant-supported dentures prevent bone loss by stimulating the jawbone, just like natural teeth. This stimulation helps maintain the bone’s integrity, preventing it from deteriorating over time. This can help prevent the sunken or collapsed appearance that can occur with traditional dentures.
On the final note, implants can be used with dentures to provide a more stable and secure fit, improve denture function, and prevent bone loss. Implant-supported dentures provide several advantages over traditional dentures, including better stability, longevity, and prevention of bone loss. If you’re struggling with traditional dentures, talk to your dentist about the possibility of implant-supported dentures to see if they’re right for you. To learn more, check out our latest implant series videos. Schedule an appointment by calling (619) 444-1001 or clicking here. We are located at 707 Arnele Avenue, El Cajon, CA, 92020.