What are Implant-Supported Dentures?
Implant-supported dentures, also known as fixed or permanent dentures, are an excellent tooth replacement option for people who have lost their lower and upper teeth. It’s comprised of an acrylic denture and four or more implants.
Unlike traditional dentures, which rely on dental adhesive and gums to stay in place, an implant-supported denture is supported by four or more dental implants that help retain it firmly in place. Dental implants consist of tiny screws inserted directly into the jawbone, providing excellent support.
Ideal candidates for implant-supported dentures will have sufficient jawbone density to receive the implants, have healthy gums, and be in good overall health. If you don’t have adequate bone density, additional procedures such as a bone graft may be necessary before getting the implants.
Benefits of All-on-Four Dentures
As the name suggests, All-on-four dentures involve inserting four implants on each dental arc fitted with the restoration. It requires fewer appointments and minimal bone structure, so you can avoid costly bone grafting procedures and still get the top-quality teeth replacement solution you deserve.
With All-on-four Implant Dentures, you can expect the following benefits:
- Better Function: Having missing teeth can affect your ability to chew nutritious foods and speak and properly pronounce words. An implant-supported denture can restore your chewing and speaking function so you can eat whatever you want and speak well.
- Natural Appearance and Feel: Dentures are made to look, feel, and act like natural teeth and are the closest thing you can get to natural, healthy teeth.
- Improved Stability: Living with traditional dentures can be a pain – they tend to shift, making it challenging to chew or speak. The all-on-4 dentures are highly stable, and you don’t have to worry about the denture falling out of your mouth.
- Preserves Face and Jaw Structure: Tooth loss can cause your remaining teeth to shift around the gap, changing the alignment of your smile and even causing changes in your facial aesthetics.
Traditional Dentures Vs. Implant-Supported Dentures
The main difference between implant-supported and traditional dentures is that implant-supported dentures are anchored directly to the jawbone through dental implants and abutments. By securing your dentures with dental implants, there’s no need for messy adhesive creams. Implant-supported dentures also tend to fit better and are more comfortable than conventional dentures since there’s less friction on the gums.