Benefits of Implant Supported Dentures

implant supported dentures MidlandIf you’re missing most or all of your teeth, implant supported dentures might be the perfect solution for your tooth loss. This tooth replacement method involves stabilizing custom dentures to dental implants. Implant supported dentures support the entire oral health system, improve oral function, and look incredibly natural.

Our oral surgeons provide dental implants and implant supported dentures to patients in our area.

How Implant Supported Dentures Work

Implant supported dentures involve anchoring a full arch of prosthetic teeth to a series of dental implants placed throughout the jaw. Dental implants are titanium prosthetics used to replace the roots of teeth. They are shaped like cylinders and feature a ridged texture. One end is tapered and the other has an abutment to which prosthetics are attached.

Improved Oral Function

Implant supported dentures improve oral function. Since dental implants stabilize dentures, they can withstand more biting forces than unsupported dentures. This makes it possible for patients with dentures to eat tough and chewy foods.

Improved Bone Health

Tooth loss leads to bone loss in the jaw. Bone, lacking stimulation without the roots of teeth, will atrophy. Fortunately, dental implants keep the bone active, which allows patients to retain as much bone as possible.

A Natural Aesthetic

Anchoring a set of custom dentures to the jawbone helps maintain a natural looking aesthetic. This is because dentures will rest in place where they should be, instead of sliding around when eating or speaking.

Enhanced Comfort

Since the forces of oral function are thrust entirely upon the gums, sore spots are a common problem associated with unsupported dentures. With dentures supported by dental implants, patients enjoy increased comfort. This is because dental implants evenly disperse the weight associated with oral function throughout the jaw.

Implant supported dentures can change your life. They offer a long lasting and comfortable alternative to traditional dentures.

Our oral surgeons are experts at implant dentistry. If you have questions about your tooth replacement options, call Permian Basin Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center today to reserve a consultation.

How Long Will My Dentures Last?

implant supported dentures MidlandThe lifespan of your dentures can depend on many things. For example, if you lose bone rapidly, you might need a new set of dentures rather quickly. On the other hand, dental implant supported dentures can last longer than most conventional types of dentures because dental implants help keep bone stimulated so that it doesn’t atrophy. Our oral surgeon places dental implants that can support crowns, bridges, and dentures.

What are dental implants, exactly?

Dental implants are small titanium components used to replace the roots of teeth. These components are only a few millimeters wide and have a tapered end. Their texture is ridged, much like that of a screw. Since a dental implant is constructed from titanium, it will become a part of the body once bone in the jaw fuses around it. The jawbone will hold the implant in place so that people can enjoy effective oral function with their replacement teeth. Prosthetics anchored to dental implants will not move or slide.

Why should I have implant supported dentures?

When compared to conventional dentures, implant supported prosthetics tend to perform better and last longer. Anchoring dentures to dental implants is beneficial for many reasons. Dental implants will stabilize dentures so that they will not move during oral function.

Dental implants will help keep bone stimulated so that it won’t atrophy. Bone loss commonly affects people afflicted by tooth loss. When bone is lost, the face will lose shape and appear sunken in. Loss of bone can also contribute to additional tooth loss and problems with the TMJ.

Who is a candidate for this procedure?

Candidates for implant supported dentures can be new to wearing prosthetic teeth or those who have worn conventional dentures for years. The main focus in determining a patient’s candidacy is whether he or she has enough bone to support dental implants and healthy enough to heal from oral surgery.

Those receiving implant supported dentures should be committed to practicing good oral hygiene and attending routine checkups. Call us today to reserve a consultation with one of our oral surgeons.