The 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.