Conventional dentures and full arch dental implants lie on opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to teeth replacement options. Full arch dental implants are the closest to natural teeth in terms of performance and aesthetics, though they cost more than conventional dentures. Somewhere in the middle of these restoration options, at the intersection of performance and affordability, lies implant-supported dentures – and they’re a significant step up from conventional dentures. Take a look at what makes implant-supported dentures so much better than conventional dentures.
A little bit of titanium makes a world of difference when it comes to dentures. While conventional dentures rely on adhesives and metal frames to stay in place, implant-supported dentures owe their stability to dental implants.
To better understand how dental implants keep dentures in place, it can be helpful to take a look at the major components of dental implants:
The implant post – this titanium screw is inserted into the jawbone in the same fashion as the roots of natural teeth. Over time, the titanium fuses with the bone.
The abutment – this component sits atop the implant post. While the implant post lies underneath the gums, the abutment sits above the gums and serves as a connector for the restoration.
The restorations – this is your replacement tooth or teeth. In the case of implant-supported dentures, the dentures are the restoration.
Because implant-supported dentures are anchored by titanium implants, you’ll be able to transfer more of your jaws’ force in to biting and chewing power with your restorations.
These are some of the many ways implant-supported dentures edge out conventional dentures:
Eating – you’ll be able to chew through tougher foods
Speaking – because your dentures will stay firmly in place, they won’t distort your words
Maintenance – there are no adhesives to soak and scrub off. Simply brush, using a water flosser and rinse
Self-confidence – the back of your mind won’t be consumed with thoughts of your dentures slipping out of place and embarrassing you