If you have had traditional dentures before, you understand the struggle and limitations – biting and chewing issues, mouth sores, and some difficulty talking.
Simply put, traditional dentures are do not function as good as your natural teeth.
And that’s because such type of denture basically just floats on the gums and do not stimulate the underlying bone.
As a consequence, the bone will resorb or shrink over time. But there is a solution: implant-supported denture.
What is an implant-supported denture?
An implant-supported denture, as the name suggests, is a denture that is anchored to the bone by dental implants.
A dental implant is a small titanium screw surgically placed into the jawbone to act as artificial tooth root.
It has a latching system on the top, upon which the denture will be locked firmly in order to function like natural teeth.
Benefits of implant-supported dentures
Implant-supported dentures offer the following benefits over traditional or conventional dentures:
Preservation of bone:
Implant-supported dentures preserve the remaining underlying bone by encouraging bone growth and preventing bone loss.
Traditional dentures just sit on the top of the bone, and it can’t do anything to prevent bone loss which eventually leads to premature aging, facial sagging, and loss of function.
Dental implants are embedded and therefore firmly anchored into the bone.
The denture on top of it won’t slip, slide, or fall off no matter how much you talk, laugh, or chew. This will give you more confidence to face other people.
Implant-supported dentures, particularly upper dentures, require minimal palatal coverage; meaning, they don’t cover your whole palate unlike traditional dentures do.
Excellent restoration of function:
Implant-supported dentures, being more stable and secured than traditional dentures, can restore function much better.
According to studies, as much as 95% of normal function (that is, the biting and chewing ability normally provided by natural teeth) can be restored with implant-supported dentures versus the 25% of their traditional counterparts.
And because there is lesser palatal coverage, there is less denture component that will limit the taste of food.
You can therefore enjoy a wider variety of food with implant dentures.
In fact you can enjoy almost all the foods you were eating when you still have your natural teeth.
It may be costlier to replace missing teeth with an implant-supported denture, but given the benefits listed above, it actually pays off tremendously in the long run.
Because they don’t preserve the remaining bone, traditional dentures tend to get loose after about five years or so and will therefore have to be replaced.
With implant-supported dentures, there will be less need for relining, rebasing, or replacements.
As long as you practice good oral hygiene and you visit your dentist on a regular basis, your implant-supported denture can even last a lifetime.
Even with all the advantages of an implant-supported denture, there are still some patients who feel that a traditional denture is more suitable for their case.
Ultimately, it is your dentist who can determine which of type of dentures we’ve discuss is best for you.