May 3, 2018
Why Use Implant Retained Dentures Over Traditional Dentures?
It used to be that losing your teeth would lead to one of two main replacement options:
- Partial Dentures: Plates containing one or more false teeth would be inserted into the mouth to cover gaps left by missing teeth.
- Complete Dentures: A single upper and lower plate would replace all lost teeth with false teeth.
However, there’s now another option, and it’s a better one. We’re talking about implant retained dentures.
Instead of false teeth being supported by removeable trays, small screws are permanently fixed into the jawbone to act as an artificial root. These are permanent anchors that can support either a single false tooth or combine to hold a full upper or lower set.
The main downside is that implant retained dentures are a lot more expensive than traditional dentures, but they’re more than worth the cost.
Here are just a few reasons why you should use them instead of traditional dentures:
- Reduced Bone Loss: The pressure placed on the jawbone by natural teeth stimulates bone growth – without any root, the bone starts to get reabsorbed, which can lead to a sunken appearance. Implants replace the root and replicate that pressure, so bone loss isn’t an issue.
- Added Peace of Mind: When you’re wearing removeable dentures, there’s always the worry that they’ll come loose. If you’re alone, that’s inconvenient. If you’re with friends or colleagues, it can be mortifying. Since dental implants are fixed, there’s no risk of an accidental slip.
- Natural Feel: Even if your dentures always stay fixed, there’s always the nagging sensation that they aren’t really a part of your body. When you’re fitted with dental implants, there’s essentially no discernible difference between your false teeth and your natural teeth.
- Minimal Care Required: You still need to brush and floss your teeth when you have implant retained dentures; false teeth can’t decay, but bacteria and plaque can still penetrate the gums. However, you won’t need to put up with the tiresome daily routine of cleaning removable dentures.
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