Implant-supported dentures are one of the most popular modern innovations in dentistry. Traditional dentures are the standard tooth replacement option for people who have lost most of their natural teeth. They are the cheapest tooth replacement option, and the cost of a full set of dentures can be less expensive than the price of a single implant.
Implant-supported dentures make it possible for people who have lost most of their teeth to gain the benefits that implant wearers enjoy. They are more expensive than traditional dentures but much cheaper than replacing all the missing teeth with dentures.
The way implant-secured dentures work is this: The patient gets four to six implants inserted into each half of their jaw. These implants are used to hold a set of dentures securely in place. It eliminates many significant drawbacks associated with dentures, like the constant shifting or the need for dental adhesives.
Implant-held dentures are typically used on the lower half of the jaw since this is the most challenging part to secure traditional dentures, which usually are more secure when used on the upper jaw. That means patients who are interested in saving money may only need to get a set for their lower jaw.
Questions to ask before getting implant-supported dentures
Here are five questions anyone who is thinking about getting these prosthetics should ask their dentist before making a decision:
1. Can traditional dentures get the job done?
As was discussed, there is no point getting implant-secured dentures if conventional ones can take care of the person's needs. Traditional dentures are the cheapest teeth replacement option, and it typically takes less time to restore a person's smile with them.
If the patient only needs dentures for their upper set of teeth, it is best to give traditional dentures a try before going with an alternative.
2. Do implant-supported dentures need to be removed daily?
It depends on the type. Some types are permanently fixed to the implants, while others should be taken out and cleaned each night. Generally speaking, patients should not sleep with dentures in unless their dentist tells them that it is okay.
3. Do implant-secured dentures prevent bone tissue loss?
Yes. People who have lost some of their natural teeth will experience bone tissue loss if they go with prosthetics like bridges and dentures. Implants are the only dental tool that mimics the behavior of real teeth, preserving the patient's facial bone structures.
4. How often do implant dentures need to be replaced?
The dentures used for implant-supported dentures are much like traditional ones. They are typically made out of the same materials and also need to be replaced every five to 10 years. Good oral hygiene can extend the prosthetic's lifespan.
5. How long does it take to get used to implant-supported dentures?
There is not much of an adjustment period when it comes to implant dentures. They are firmly secured, so talking and chewing with them feels more natural.
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