People lose teeth for a variety of reasons, including poor dental care, injury, and surgical removal. The replacement of lost teeth is necessary to prevent further degradation of dental health. A missing tooth creates a greater strain on the teeth on the other side of the mouth and can create another vector for decay and gum disease. A partial denture or bridge is the normal method to replace a missing tooth. If there are multiple missing teeth, dentures are used. 

What Types of Dentures Are There?

There are two types of dentures used: traditional and implant-supported. Traditional dentures are fitted to the gums and rely on an adhesive paste or natural suction to keep the dental work in place. Implant supported dentures rely on metal studs that are surgically implanted into your mouth. The denture is fitted with metal sockets that affix to the exposed studs of the implants. This eliminates the need for denture creams and has multiple other advantages.

What Are The Advantages of Implant-Supported Dentures?

The first advantage of an implant-supported denture is the stability it offers. Traditional dentures can slip at the worst moments and often do not feel secure. This slippage leads to slurred speech and the inability to eat some foods. Implants are placed in the bone of the jaw where they are integrated, keeping the bone structure intact. Without something to engage the jawbone, the bone structures used to hold the roots of the teeth will be absorbed into the jaw. This thinning of the jaw creates the collapsed under bite that is common with long time denture wearers.

How Are They Put in Place?

There are two steps to having implant-supported dentures installed. The first phase is when the oral surgeon will screw three implants into your jawbone. Over the first six months, the bone and implant will bond, forming a sturdy anchor point for the denture. During this healing time, your dentist will fit temporary dentures over the healing implants. You are fitted with the permanent dentures when the implants have fully healed. These dentures have hollow metal posts that the implants lock onto. The typical method used is where the implants have a ball head and the dentures have a locking collar.

When full dental implants are not a viable option, either because of cost or due to deterioration of the jawbone, implant-supported dentures are the next best thing. With the advances in composite materials, the dentures look like natural teeth. Furthermore, with the supporting and locking mechanisms, the dentures will not slip during eating. Talk to a dental office such as Accurate Denture Clinic if you feel you are a good fit for implant-supported dentures.