Losing your teeth can be an embarrassing occurrence, especially if you lose multiple teeth and don’t get them replaced soon. While tooth loss can result in a lack of confidence, it can also result in a loss of oral health. Your teeth are essential components of your mouth for things like chewing, talking and keeping your jawbone healthy. Extended periods of time without teeth can have more serious complications for your oral health than you might know.
Fortunately, dentistry has advanced to the point that missing teeth can easily be replaced. If you’ve lost the majority of your teeth, you will likely need to be fitted for dentures.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are dental inserts that replace missing teeth. Dentures look natural and, even though it might take a while to adjust, perform just like normal teeth. There are two main types of dentures you can use when needing to replace your missing teeth.
- Traditional Dentures – Traditional dentures are dental inserts that fit directly over your gums and can be removed at will. You can get full or partial dentures in this form, depending on how many teeth you are missing. These dentures are custom made from impressions of your mouth and gums.
- Implant Supported Dentures – Implant supported dentures are used in instances when you are missing all your teeth, but you still have enough healthy bone structure in your jaw to support dental implants. After the implants have been inserted into your jaw, the denture will snap into place, using the implants as support. Typically, this type of denture is used for lower jaw dentures, as your upper jaw has more support. However, implant supported dentures can be used for both upper and lower jaws.
How Do Implant Supported Dentures Work?
When it comes to implant supported dentures, you often have two choices of retention methods: bar retention and ball retention. Bar-retained dentures uses a thin metal bar attached to the implants in your mouth, following the curve of your jaw. The dentures then fit over the bar for support. Ball-retained dentures use ball-shaped attachments on the implants, which then fit into sockets on the dentures. Both of these methods require at least two implants to work properly.
The Benefits of Implant Supported Dentures
There are many benefits to getting dentures, whether traditional or implant supported. However, implant support dentures offer a variety of benefits that exceed those that traditional dentures offer. Some of these benefits include things such as these:
- Improved Functionality – Both traditional and implant supported dentures offer improved functionality over having no teeth at all, but you will experience much more with implant supported dentures. Unlike traditional dentures, implant supported dentures fit better and stay in place at any given moment. This can lead to an increase of up to three times more biting force than traditional dentures.
- Better Confidence – With traditional dentures, patients are often worried about how they look and if someone will notice that they are dentures and not real teeth. This typically happens because traditional dentures are loose, and they can easily slide out of place. As a result, patients often strain their facial muscles trying to keep the dentures from sliding out of place. Implant support dentures are fixed in place to the implants, so you won’t need to worry about constantly trying to keep them in place.
- Improved Oral Health – Traditional dentures can add a lot of extra pressure to your gums and jawbone because there is nothing there to support them. After a while, your soft tissues will be worn down as a result. Implant supported dentures remove this negative side effect due to the extra support from the implants. The support protects you against loss of bone structure and integrity.
Get a Consultation
If you have lost multiple teeth and have started to wonder if it’s a good idea to get dentures, take some time to schedule a consultation with your dentist. He or she can walk you through the benefits of both traditional and implant support dentures. In the end, you’ll most likely be pleasantly surprised with the benefits implant supported dentures offer you.