Are you currently wearing a traditional denture? Today’s prostheses are more lifelike than ever before, delivering a beautiful, natural-looking smile. However, many who wear full dentures are still self-conscious, often feeling the need to cover their mouths when they talk, smile, and laugh. This is because conventional dentures, no matter how well-made, can still slip and shift around. At Metropolitan Dental Care, we offer dental implants in the Lone Tree and Denver areas. Dental implants can be used to stabilize a denture, so you can go back to enjoying the little things again, like your favorite foods! To find out how an implant-supported denture can improve your quality of life, read on.
Number One: Bone Preservation
One of the primary things that sets dental implants apart as a teeth replacement option is that they actually preserve existing jawbone. When teeth are lost or removed, the bone tissue underneath begins to recede because it is no longer being stimulated by the roots of the teeth. Implants, however, mimic the teeth roots, actively stimulating the nerves in the jawbone. Essentially, this gives the jawbone a purpose once again – to support the implants.
Number Two: Stability
Conventional dentures rest directly on the gum tissue, and are supported by the underlying bony ridge. Upper dentures tend to stay in place more than lower dentures, due to the “suction” mechanism created by the roof of the mouth. Lower dentures can shift and move – even with the use of dental adhesives – especially during everyday tasks such as eating and talking. Dental implants eliminate this problem. Because the prosthesis is supported by dental implants rather than the gum tissue, any movement is reduced or altogether eliminated.
Number Three: Improved Speech
Because traditional dentures can shift and slip, they can interfere with normal speech. Many patients experience a clicking sound, while others have a tendency to lisp. Dentures can also cause fatigue to your tongue and facial muscles, as they work hard all day to keep your prosthesis in place.
Number Four: Eat Normally Again
Those who wear traditional dentures understand the unique challenges when eating. There are often food restrictions that keep patients from enjoying their favorite foods. Implant-supported dentures are so stable, there is no need for limitations. In fact, you can eat any food safely and confidently.
Number Five: No Sore Spots
Because traditional dentures rest directly on the gum tissue, it is common for patients to develop sore spots or areas of irritation. Implant-supported dentures eliminate the friction caused by conventional prostheses.
Implant-Supported Denture Options
Treatment options for implant-supported dentures are varied. Our doctors can personalize your treatment plan based on your unique needs and goals. In most cases, patients can enjoy full-arch restoration using only four to six implants. This will be determined by your jawbone density and stability needs.
Additionally, implants can be restored with a removable denture or a fixed prosthesis. Some patients prefer the removable option, as it can be taken in and out easily for cleaning and maintenance. In these cases, the prosthesis simply “snaps” into place using retention. Patients who choose a fixed restoration enjoy the fact that their smile feels more natural. While the dentist will be able to remove the restoration for routine cleanings, the patient will simply use specialized brushes to clean around the implants.
Learn More about Implant-Supported Dentures
Are you tired of dealing with your conventional denture? Do you feel like your prosthesis is constantly shifting around, making it difficult to eat and speak normally? An implant-supported denture could be the solution for you. To learn more, schedule an appointment with our Denver and Lone Tree dentists. You can contact us online, or call us at 303.534.2626.