How you decide to replace your missing teeth is based on your unique dental situation as well as your lifestyle preferences. Patients with just a few missing teeth can take advantage of dental implants with a crown restoration on top, resulting in the most natural function and appearance. However, those that have no teeth in the upper or lower jaw must consider dentures as a more economical solution to replace a full arch of teeth. Here you have two options: traditional removable dentures or implant-supported dentures.
Drawbacks of Traditional Dentures
Traditional dentures are not always easy to wear. They can slip while eating or talking and cause uncomfortable gum irritation. Loose dentures can affect your self-confidence and force you to choose less fiber-rich foods in your diet. Furthermore, removable dentures are not anchored to your jawbone, which will eventually cause bone loss over time as the dentures press down on the bony ridges that formerly supported the teeth. The good news is that there is a way to avoid these pitfalls and still have dentures.
What are Implant-Supported Dentures?
By placing a few dental implants into the jaw, a full denture can be supported. This allows your prosthetic teeth to be anchored into your jawbone (like a tooth root) instead of resting on your gums with adhesive cream. Since your dentures are connected to the titanium implants, your jaw can be properly stimulated and bone loss can be prevented.
Tired of Your Ill-Fitting Dentures?
If you already wear traditional dentures and want to obtain a more secure and confident tooth replacement option, it can typically be modified to become an implant-supported denture. Riverwood Dental understands the unique needs that patients face when replacing missing teeth or upgrading their current tooth replacement method.