Not a single person wants to lose a tooth, not to mention several of them. Sometimes, though, you may find yourself having to live with missing teeth due to circumstances that are out of your control. Should this happen, implant-supported dentures can be a great solution to give you your lovely smile back.
Unlike traditional dentures that sit on top of your gums, implant-supported dentures are secured to dental implants in your jawbone. A dentist will surgically fit these dental implants throughout one or more appointments. This type of denture is far from its traditional counterpart that can slip out of place. A denture that is attached by implants offers a more stable and reliable fit, especially in the lower jaw, as they remain in place.
To become a candidate for an implant-supported denture, you should have healthy gums and sufficient jawbone. It is also paramount to have proper oral care hygiene.
Aside from stability, there are many other reasons that implant-supported dentures could be right for you:
· It can prevent sore spots and protect you from gum problems. Implant-supported dentures are held in place by implants, not by your gums. This means that you will not have to suffer from irritation due to friction. Since traditional dentures rest on your gums for support, they can also wear down your gum tissues over time. If your gums shrink, your dentures will loosen. Adjustments will then be needed to fit your traditional dentures properly. Implant-supported dentures, on the other hand, can protect your gum structure from this deterioration.
· It can preserve your facial features and give you a natural-looking appearance. Your jawbone keeps its shape and density from constant stimulation. This stimulation is possible through the tooth roots when you chew. However, when you lose your tooth, you also lose this stimulation. If this happens, your old jawbone cells will no longer be replaced. Instead, it will diminish and cause your jaw structure to recede. Nevertheless, implant-supported dentures can prevent this degeneration. Dental implants function like tooth roots, thus, stimulate the nerves in your jawbone. Besides, your implant-supported denture will be designed to give your facial muscles the best support. This custom denture will allow the area between your upper and lower jaws to keep the correct structure. The result is a natural, youthful look of your facial features.
· It can maintain normal eating patterns and clear speech. Traditional dentures often come with food restrictions. However, thanks to the anchored stability of dental implants, you can still eat your favorite crunchy or chewy foods. Since its traditional counterpart shifts around in your mouth, it can also affect your ability to speak clearly. Some struggle with slurred speech and lisp. These problems do not occur with implant-supported dentures since the implants fuse with your jawbone. It should not affect your eating habits or clear speech as the implants stay in place permanently.
Overall, implant-supported dentures can help improve your self-confidence and lifestyle. It’s undoubtedly a huge relief not to worry about eating the foods you always loved or meeting people and talking to them.
Do you want to find out if you are a candidate for implant-supported dentures? Visit Smile Center today in Delaware, Ohio. First-time visitors can call 740-306-0099, while existing patients may dial 740-417-9565. You can also reach our other clinic, the Linworth Smile Center, in Worthington, Ohio, at 614-350-7446.