Benefits of dentures supported by dental implants
Implant-supported dentures, also known as overdentures or snap-on-dentures, are dentures which are anchored onto several dental implants. Regular dentures are only supported by your gum tissue. As a result, they can feel loose, uncomfortable, and even create painful lesions in your mouth. By adding just a few dental implants you can lock your dentures securely in place and improve their fit. The addition of a few dental implants makes your false teeth much more stable and improves your chewing efficiency. Additionally, implant-supported dentures are designed to be smaller than traditional dentures, which improves your comfort level.
If you’re not happy with the fit of your dentures then we recommend that you consider implant-supported dentures. To learn more about implant-supported dentures schedule a consultation with a dental implant specialist near you.
If you’re unhappy with your dentures then you should consider options involving dental implants. By adding just a few dental implants you can stabilize your dentures and improve their fit and function. Treatment is easy, affordable, and generally takes a few weeks or months to complete. Here are some benefits of wearing implant-supported dentures as compared to traditional dentures:
Enhanced stability & security
A major advantage of implant-supported dentures is their added security and stability. Dental implants stabilize your false teeth so they don’t move as much. This means that you get to eat and talk more comfortably and you can smile with more confidence. Plus, you no longer have to worry about your teeth flying accidentally!
Improved chewing ability
Implant-supported dentures are much more stable than traditional dentures. As a result, they don’t rock as much when you’re chewing your food. The dental implants act as anchors to fasten and secure your false teeth in their place. This keeps your dentures less likely to move and rocking when you are chewing your food. Therefore, implant-supported dentures allow you eat a larger variety of food objects with greater ease and comfort.
Less denture-related complications
Wearing dentures can be a constant struggle for many people. Some of the most common problems with dentures include:
- Dentures require routine maintenance and frequent do overs
- Dentures break easily if you accidentally drop them
- False teeth always loosen over time
- The acrylic teeth wear flat quickly and they lose their chewing capability
Wearing overdentures doesn’t resolve all of these issues, but it does make your denture feel much more comfortable in your mouth. Adding just a few dental implants improves your denture fit as compared to regular dentures. Overdentures are more stable, which causes less gum irritation and fewer sore spots in your mouth. Plus, with implant-supported dentures, you won’t have to worry about using all that annoying denture cream ever again!
A final benefit of implant-supported dentures is that they help protect your valuable jawbone. Losing all of your teeth causes your jawbone to shrink rapidly. Without teeth, your jawbone goes into a state of accelerated atrophy. You lose bone 3 to 4 times faster as compared to when you had your teeth. By adding just a few dental implants, you can reduce the pressure exerted onto your jawbone. This helps preserve your facial bone structure to make you feel younger and look healthier.
Implant-supported dentures consist of several dental implants and a set of dentures. The only difference in the types of overdentures is the number of dental implants used to secure your denture. You require a minimum of 2 dental implants per arch to support your dentures. However, some cases require more than two implants. Here are three most common treatment options when it comes to stabilizing using dental implants:
2 dental implants plus an overdenture
The minimum number of implants required to make implant-supported dentures is two dental implants. Your two dental implants will be distributed evenly, one on the right and one on the left, to provide for bilateral stability. This treatment option is ideal if you have no more teeth left on the top or bottom and simply want your teeth to be a little more stable. Overdentures supported by two dental implants typically require annual visits to the dentist to replace the connector part, known as O-rings, which connects your false teeth to the implants.
4 or 6 dental implants plus an overdenture
Adding 4 or 6 dental implants gives you double or tripe the support. This is a better long-term solution for having stable dentures. First off, should one implant or connector become loose, you still have several more dental implants that secure your dentures in place. In contrast, with 2 dental implants if anything goes wrong you have to redo your entire treatment. Additionally, when you place 4 or 6 dental implants, your dentist can remove the portion of denture that covers the roof of your mouth (referring to upper dentures only). You can’t accomplish this when placing just 2 dental implants, as the support from the roof of your mouth is still required. Of course, adding a few more dental implants will also add to your costs. Talk to your dentist to decide which option is best suited to your needs to see if the additional implants are worth it.
Implant-supported bar plus an overdenture
The most stable overdenture is one that attaches to a denture bar. Placing a denture bar requires between 4 to 6 dental implants for proper support. Implant-supported bars provide the highest level of stability among all removable denture treatment options. However, adding several dental implants plus a denture bar makes your treatment costs skyrocket. In many cases, the cost of an implant-supported bar overdenture starts to approach that of all-on-four teeth. It might not be a bad idea to consider all-on-four teeth as an alternative to denture-bar whenever applicable.
Each treatment option discussed above offers a varying degree of support and stability but they also come at significantly different price points. Schedule a consultation with a dental implant specialist near you to see which option best suits your needs. Your dentist will evaluate your jaw size, arch curvature, bone quality, bite forces, diet, opposing teeth structure, etc. Only then can they determine which implant-supported denture option is best suited to your specific needs.
If you’d like to learn more about your treatment options involving implants and dentures, request a complimentary consultation with us today. Call (949)481-2540 or book your consult online today. Our dentist, Dr. Jazayeri, will present you with a range of suitable treatment options. We will work with you to come up with a treatment plan that suits your needs and fits into your budget. Stop struggling with ill-fitting dentures and come in to our San Clemente office for a consultation today. You can also fill out the form below to ask us any questions or schedule your consult today:
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