Pros and Cons of Implant Supported Dentures

Posted on: July 2, 2018

Implant supported dentures are increasingly becoming more popular than the traditional types. One of the biggest reasons is because traditional dentures have a tendency to shift and move in the wearer's mouth. Some people eventually get used to the constant shifting, but there are others who find it frustrating.

Dentures are dental prosthetics that are commonly used when a patient is missing most of their natural teeth. These appliances are commonly used for this purpose mainly because it is the more affordable way to replace missing teeth compared to other prosthetics like implants and bridges.

What are implant supported dentures?

These devices are the poster child of modern dental technology. These devices are often recommended for patients who are considering dentures, given the many advantages they have over traditional ones.

For a patient to get these type of dentures, the person must have enough healthy bone tissue to hold the implants in place. Unfortunately, those who have already spent lots of time wearing traditional dentures might have lost too much bone tissue to be eligible for these prosthetics. That is one of the biggest disadvantages of traditional dentures, since these devices fail to address the bone tissue loss associated with missing teeth roots.

Dentures that work with implants can be used to replace missing teeth on the upper and lower jaw. During the procedure, the oral surgeon will attach four to six implants — typically titanium screws — to the patient's jawbone. Once the installation is complete, the patient is given time for the implant to fuse properly with the jawbone. This can take anywhere from three to six months. Temporary crowns are often attached to the screws so the patient can still eat normally.

Once the healing process is completed, a customized set of dentures are attached to the screws. Once the dentures are attached, it can only be removed by a dentist. The implants hold the dentures securely in place, so it feels and looks just like natural teeth.

This means the patient no longer has to deal with issues like shifting or having to spend 20 minutes cleaning dentures every day. Once the dentures supported by implants have been installed, taking care of them is no different than taking care of natural teeth.

The pros and cons of implant supported dentures

Pros:

  • Promotes healthy bone tissue and prevents jawbone deterioration
  • Feels and looks natural in the patient's mouth
  • Maintenance is no different than taking care of natural teeth
  • Patient no longer has to worry about dentures moving around or even worse, falling out in public
  • Helps restore confidence
  • The patient is free to enjoy their favorite foods
  • Can last an entire lifetime when properly maintained
  • Arguably the best and most affordable way to replace missing teeth if all the natural ones have fallen out

Cons:

  • More expensive than traditional dentures
  • The entire procedure takes longer than getting traditional dentures
  • Implants require adequate jawbone tissue

Think you are a good candidate for dentures that are supported by implants? Schedule a consultation with one of our dentists and explore your options.

Request a dental appointment here: https://www.northtampadentistry.com or call North Tampa Dentistry at (813) 430-0933 for an appointment in our Tampa dental office.


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