If you’re missing enough teeth that it’s difficult to eat and speak, then you might be considering getting dentures to fill out your smile. Regular dentures that you remove each night aren’t your only option. Implant-supported dentures offer a more permanent solution to your problem.
At EZ Dental Clinic, our dentists are implant experts who can help you restore your chewing ability and give you the smile you always wanted.
What’s the difference between regular and implant-supported dentures?
Regular dentures fit your mouth as separate, custom-made devices that are fitted to the shape of your jaw. We design the denture to work with your jaw shape and then regularly make adjustments as your jaw changes.
You can remove regular dentures and clean them outside of your mouth. But because they’re completely separate from your jaw, they can rub against your gums and leave sores.
Implant-supported dentures are a type of dentures that replace a few teeth (partial dentures) or a whole row of teeth at once (full dentures). The dentures are anchored to your mouth by dental implants that are surgically placed in your jawbone to provide stability and security. Implant-secured dentures perform like your natural teeth.
Your implant-supported dentures may be permanent or they may snap on and off the implants. Since they are rooted in your jawbone, they’re stronger than regular dentures and won’t slip out of place while chewing.
Why you may prefer implant-supported dentures
In addition to the above, implant-supported dentures have several other advantages over regular dentures.
Implant-supported dentures are stronger than regular dentures and don’t rub on your gums causing painful sores. They stimulate your jawbone so that it continues to make new bone tissue. This prevents your jawbone from shrinking and changing the shape of your face.
Regular dentures aren’t connected to your jawbone, so they don’t stimulate bone tissue growth when you chew.
As the shape of your jaw changes, your regular dentures will also have to be adjusted to fit the new shape of your mouth. Adjustments mean more trips to the dentist. And because the jawbone may erode, the resulting changes in your jawline can alter the way your face looks, which can take a psychological toll.
When you choose implant-supported dentures, you don’t have to worry about the shape of your jaw changing in a dramatic way. You won’t have to worry about implant-supported dentures causing embarrassing slippage while you eat or talk either.
And since they’re a permanent fixture in your mouth, you won’t misplace implant-supported dentures, because you don’t have to remove them for cleaning.
If you’re looking for a long-term solution for missing or damaged teeth, implant-supported dentures are something to seriously consider. When you come in for a consultation, we can assess your mouth and let you know if you’re a good candidate for implant-secured dentures.
To schedule an appointment at EZ Dental Clinic, call our office in Bellevue, Washington, or use our online scheduling tool here on the website.