The term “cosmetic” causes many people brush off the idea of visiting a cosmetic dentist to fix serious oral health problems. Oftentimes, this is the result of major misconceptions about possible treatments and the feeling that procedures are purely about fixing appearance. However, this form of dentistry usually goes far beyond aesthetic appeal. It can…
A Cosmetic Dentist Explores Implant Supported Dentures vs. Traditional Dentures
With implant supported dentures, you do not have to suffer from the anxiety that often accompanies removable dentures. Nobody wants to reposition their dentures as they make a speech, for example. Loose dentures can take the joy out of even the best of meals.
None of these scenarios happen with implant supported dentures. These are supported by dental implants that are embedded in the jaw. These implants connect to a set of dentures that sit over an upper and/or lower dental arch. They effectively hold the dentures in place, allowing them to function like natural teeth.
Implant supported dentures, at a glance
Also known as overdentures, implant supported dentures replace most or all of the teeth in a person’s dental arch. This set of full or partial dentures remains immovable once an oral surgeon installs it. The dentures are held in place by several dental implants placed strategically along the dental arch.
An oral surgeon places the implants at intervals, a way that distributes the stress of chewing and biting evenly all through the jawbone. The process of placing implant supported dentures can take as little as a day. It can also take months before the person has full use of their overdentures.
To figure out which is the best option for an individual, a cosmetic surgeon will compare and contrast regular dentures and overdentures. They will tell their patients that:
1. Implant supported dentures maintain the shape and size of the jaw
The same cannot be said for regular dentures, which simply sit on top of the gums. An oral surgeon installs dental implants in the jawbone. They proceed to attach a set of dentures to the implants. When a patient chews or bites down, the force transmits from the dentures, through the implants and to the jawbone.
The resulting "workout" stimulates bone regeneration, which maintains the size and shape of the jaw. Ultimately, a person with dental implants gets to enjoy a defined jaw and a younger-looking face.
Regular dentures do not offer the same advantage. Without natural teeth or dental implants, a person begins to lose bone mass and definition in the jaw. This leads to a "collapse" of the lower half of the face, which ages the face. Removable dentures also have other drawbacks.
2. Removable dentures slip
Slippage is a fact of life with regular dentures. They fit well enough in the beginning, but they can become ill-fitting with time. The change in fit is a result of wear and tear or a change in the wearer’s gums and jaw.
Loose dentures make it hard for their wearers to speak, laugh or eat many of their favorite foods. They also cause sore spots, as they rub against the gums and other soft tissues of the mouth. This is not an issue with implant supported dentures.
3. Implant supported dentures require minor oral surgery; regular dentures do not
A candidate for overdentures should be healthy enough to go through dental implant surgery and the subsequent recovery period. For the procedure to be a success, the person should also have healthy gums and bones.
In contrast, a prosthodontist only needs to take an impression of the person’s mouth before fabricating and fitting a set of removable dentures. The only procedure that the patient may need is a tooth extraction.
Either prosthetic can be used to enhance your appearance
Call or visit our Charlotte clinic if you have lost most of your real teeth. Our cosmetic dentist will help you figure out which one of these prosthetics works best for you.
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