Implant Supported Dentures and Your Jawbone

An implant-supported denture is a type of denture that is supported by dental implants, which are fused to your jawbone. Your dentist will recommend getting implant supported dentures if you do not have any teeth in your jaw but have enough bone in your jaw to support the dental implant.

Implant supported dentures vs. traditional dentures

When it comes to replacing missing teeth, regular dentures are still very popular. However, more people are switching to implant supported dentures because regular dentures are not fixed and tend to move around in your mouth, affecting your ability to chew and talk properly.

One of the biggest problems associated with regular dentures is the fact that they speed up bone loss in the jaw. When you lose your teeth and do not replace them, the bone in your jaw resorbs into your body and you can lose up to 25% of the bone density in the first year.

If you have regular dentures in your mouth, your bone density continues to decrease because the dentures are placed on the top of your gums and do not stimulate bone growth. In fact, the pressure put on your gums when you chew with dentures actually speeds up bone loss because it gradually wears down on the bones beneath the gums.

The continued use of dentures can lead to the collapse of the lower third of your face due to the bone loss, making you appear older than you are.

What makes the implant supported dentures better?

implant supported dentures are held in place by dental implants and prevent bone loss in the jaw because the titanium posts that are fused into your jaw to hold the implant in place act like your tooth roots and help stimulate bone growth.

In addition to preventing bone loss, implant-supported dentures also help with your chewing and speech because the artificial teeth are supported by dental implants, which hold them in place and prevent them from moving around in your mouth when you are talking or eating.

Can anyone get implant supported dentures?

Getting dental implants requires healthy gums, which makes it difficult for people who have gum disease, diabetes or heart disease to get them. Smokers and people who have undergone radiation therapy to the head and neck are also not considered ideal candidates for dental implants.

Even though these conditions make it difficult to get dental implants, they do not automatically rule you out. Schedule an appointment with your dentist to get your mouth examined to determine if you are a candidate for dental implants.

If your dentist determines that you have lost too much bone for a successful implant, bone grafting may be used to hold the dental implant in place. The bone graft replaces lost bone and also stimulates the regrowth of the jawbone, which will eventually replace the bone graft.

The bottom line

Implant supported dentures can be used to replace your missing teeth and help you retain your bone density without affecting your ability to speak and chew properly. They are also more durable than regular dentures and look more natural. If you have missing teeth and are considering your options, talk to your dentist to find out if Implant supported dentures are right for you.

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