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A Better Kind of Denture: Implant Supported Dentures

Originally posted on 02/06/2014

An elderly woman holds her face while shining her beautiful, implant-support dentures.It can be frustrating to deal with the inconveniences of regular false teeth. From speech problems to a change in diet, dentures can pose a whole set of problems - yet many of these can be abated through the support of dental implants.

As offered by our Southfield dental practice, implants can add stability to your partial or full dentures. 

How Dentures Are Supported

Typically, dentures are attached to a mold of the gums, which simply rest above the gum line. Because they are only held in place through suction or adhesive paste, dentures have a tendency to result in a number of problems, including:

  • Discomfort
  • Coming loose
  • Difficulty eating
  • Change in diet
  • Speech impediments
  • A weaker bite
  • Bone loss in the jaw

By supporting your dentures through multiple implants, you can secure them to the jawbone for a stronger, more reliable hold. Preexisting implants can be used or new ones installed for easy attachment to dentures, instantly eliminating most or all of the above problems. For a replacement of full sets of teeth, implant-supported dentures are an excellent way to restore the functionality of your bite.

Benefits of Implant-supported Dentures

Since dental implants fuse with the jaw much like the roots of natural teeth, they are generally a superior form of tooth replacement. With implant-supported dentures, you can expect to gain the following benefits:

A Stronger Hold: 

Dentures cannot shift out of place or become loose when fastened to implants. Although dentures are still easily removable when desired, they will otherwise remain secure throughout use.

Great Comfort: 

Discomfort can result from dentures that rub against the gums or do not fit precisely, whereas implants ensure a proper fit every time.

Improved Diet: 

Foods that are especially tough, chewy, or hard may be difficult or impossible to eat with regular dentures. Implant-supported dentures can improve eating habits and dietary choices.

Improved Speech: 

With better-fitting and more secure dentures, you can more easily pronounce words. Say goodbye to slushing your words and lisping.

Prevention of Bone Loss: 

Once teeth are lost, bone tissue begins to degrade, affecting jaw strength and even facial appearance. By replacing the roots of teeth with dental implants, this tissue is once again reinforced; as a result, patients’ jaws are better preserved over time.

Candidates for Implant-supported Dentures

By speaking with one of our cosmetic dentists, you can determine exactly how many implants you will require and where they will need to be placed. If you previously had implants, you may already have enough support for dentures. 

Good candidates for implants are patients with healthy gums and adequate bone tissue. Those who have suffered from years of tooth loss may not have enough jawbone structure to receive new implants. However, a bone graft procedure can often reinforce the jaw with additional tissue, allowing patients to undergo implant installation.

To better understand your candidacy for implant-supported dentures, schedule a consultation with us today!  

Take Charge of Your Smile with Southfield Smiles!

Missing teeth do not have to take a negative toll on your life. To learn more about our tooth replacement options and the benefits of dental implants, contact us today to schedule an appointment and gain the healthiest, strongest smile possible.

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