Do your dentures slip while you’re eating or trying to hold a conversation? Perhaps you’ve started to avoid social situations for fear of embarrassing mishaps. In addition to a loss of confidence, loose dentures can cause a multitude of health problems, ranging from poor nutrition to jawbone deterioration. Fortunately, dental implants can help. Read on to find out more.
What are implant-supported dentures?
Dental implants are titanium posts that are inserted into the jawbone. They act as an anchor for your dentures, which clip into place on top of the implants. In the lower jaw, as few as two dental implants can be used to keep a denture in place. With four implants, either a lower or upper denture can be securely positioned so that it is completely immobile – no more uncomfortable slipping or rubbing against the gums. The implants connect to the denture using either a ‘press-stud’ type connection or a titanium bar. Your dentist at Exeter Advanced Dentistry will be able to advise you on which type is best for you.
What are the advantages over regular dentures?
Most patients find implant-supported dentures to be a vast improvement over conventional dentures.
•More comfortable – Implant-supported dentures don’t require a strong grip around your gums because they are supported by the underlying implants in your jawbone. This means they are less likely to rub or cause mouth sores. The implants hold your dentures firmly in place, so they won’t slip around your mouth while you are eating or speaking.
•Decreased bone loss – Dental implants are placed in the jawbone, replacing the missing tooth root. Since healthy jawbone relies on the stimulation it receives from the tooth root to aid bone regeneration, implants can help to prevent the bone loss that occurs when the root is not replaced. Patients who wear dentures over a long period of time will find that their facial structure changes as the bone deteriorates, giving them a sunken, aged appearance. Dental implants are the only way to prevent bone degeneration following tooth loss.
•More confidence – Implant-supported dentures are as stable in your mouth as natural teeth, preventing embarrassing slippages when you are eating or socialising. Many patients find their speech improves with implants, enabling them to go about their daily lives with more confidence.
•Better nutrition – A lot of denture wearers are afraid to eat foods that may dislodge their dentures, resulting in a restricted diet. Implant-supported dentures provide up to 95% of patients’ natural biting and chewing abilities, compared with 25% when using traditional dentures, enabling them to eat more of the crunchy, nutritional fruits and vegetables that traditional denture wearers tend to avoid.
Am I eligible for implant-supported dentures?
Only a qualified dental professional will be able to tell you whether you are a suitable candidate for implant-supported dentures, however most patients with a sufficient amount of healthy gum tissue and jawbone are eligible for the procedure.
If you are interested in learning more or would like to book an appointment, contact one of our friendly team members today. We look forward to your visit.