Implant supported dentures are popular because they function and feel like natural teeth. The dental implants that hold them in place ensure this. Does that mean that implant supported dentures are forever fixed in place? Can they be removed? To answer these questions, you need to learn about the individual components of implant supported dentures.Implant…
Pros and Cons of Implant Supported Dentures [Cosmetic Dentistry]
Any cosmetic dentist will tell you implant supported dentures make life easier for those who have lost most of their real teeth. Traditional dentures have been the standard solution for the past century, but implant supported dentures are quickly emerging as the new norm.
A cosmetic dentist explains the difference between traditional and implant supported dentures
Dentures have a framework that rests on the wearer's gums and artificial teeth. It keeps the oral appliance in place via suction. One of the main issues that arise with conventional dentures is the fact the suction forces are not always enough to keep the prosthetic stable. This leads to an uncomfortable experience for the wearer, as they find themselves constantly having to deal with the lack of stability.
Implant supported dentures eliminate this problem by attaching dentures to implants that are inserted into the patient's jaw. The implants securely hold the dentures in place, eliminating problems created by the constant movement of conventional dentures.
There are removable implant supported dentures that are held in place with a bar or ball and permanently fixed varieties like All-on-4©.
Pros and cons of implant supported dentures
Here are benefits that come with implant supported dentures:
Increased confidence: The patient no longer has to worry about the device falling out while they are talking and eating. This gives them a confidence boost.
More comfortable: Dentures being firmly held in place with implants means the framework does not irritate the soft tissues in the mouth and lead to sores.
More natural: Implant supported dentures fitted by cosmetic dentists look almost indistinguishable from real teeth. The dentist will carefully pick the shade of the patient's prosthetic teeth based on their unique features to create a natural-looking smile. It is an art form that takes years of experience to master.
Preserved bone tissue: The implants keep the patient's jawbone stimulated whenever they use their artificial teeth. This prevents bone tissue loss that occurs when one loses a tooth.
Improved diet: Chewy foods are difficult to eat with traditional dentures due to poor adhesion to the gums. Implant supported dentures allow patients to get back to eating all their favorite foods.
There are also a few drawbacks that come with implant supported dentures. These include:
Not all patients might be eligible for the treatment since it requires oral surgery. Patients need to have good overall dental and overall health.
The process of getting implant supported dentures takes longer than it takes to get traditional ones. It can take up to six months to complete the process of getting implant dentures, while conventional dentures can be made within a couple of weeks.
Patients might have to get bone grafts prior to implant installation. This can add an additional three months to the process of getting implants.
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