Benefits of Implant-Supported Dentures
Implant-supported dentures offer the following benefits over conventional dentures:
- Greater comfort
- Preservation of bone
- Secured fit
- Improved function
- Improved sense of taste
Implant-retained dentures also offer some of these benefits, but not all.
Many people experience pain with their traditional dentures. Bite forces on tender gums, as well as loose dentures sliding around, can all cause denture pain.
Implant-supported dentures are secure in the mouth, so they don’t cause pain from sliding around. In addition, implant-supported dentures direct bite force into the jawbone, taking the pressure without experiencing pain.
Implant-supported dentures don’t have to cover your upper palate fully and are free of denture adhesive. You’ll feel freer and more comfortable with implant-supported dentures.
Preservation of Bone
Implant-supported dentures preserve the remaining underlying bone by encouraging bone growth and preventing bone loss. Bite force stimulates the bone, so the body retains or builds up the bone around implants. The amount of bone your implant dentures retain depends on how many implants you have.
Traditional dentures just sit on the top of the gums, and they can’t do anything to prevent bone loss which eventually leads to premature aging, facial sagging, and loss of function.
Dental implants integrate with your natural bone, so they are very secure. Dental implants are essentially permanent attachments to your jawbone. Implant dentures attach securely to the dental implants.
An implant-supported denture 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. Most implant dentures are still removable. It’s relatively easy once you know how. However, some implant dentures can be securely attached to your implants so that only your dentist can remove them.
Excellent Restoration of Function
Because they’re more stable and secure than traditional dentures, implant-supported dentures can better restore function.
According to studies, implant-retained dentures restore as much as 95% of normal function (that is, the biting and chewing ability normally provided by natural teeth) versus the 25% of their traditional counterparts.
Improved Sense of Taste
Your sense of taste doesn’t just depend on your tongue. Your palate–the roof of your mouth–also plays an integral part in your sense of taste. Because implant-supported dentures cover less of your upper palate, you will have less interference with the taste of food. Plus, you can stop using denture adhesive, which interferes with your taste sense.
You can, therefore, enjoy a wider variety of food with implant dentures.
You can enjoy almost all the foods you used to eat when you had your natural teeth.