Dentures have long been a trusted method of replacing a significant number of missing teeth. They return your youthful facial volume and renew your ability to eat, speak, and smile with confidence following tooth loss.
For added stability, many patients are eligible for implant supported dentures in 32901. What’s the difference between these options? Stick around, because we cover that (and which replacement method might be best for you) in this week’s blog post.
What Are Dentures?
A denture is a set of prosthetic teeth set into a plastic base that looks like your gum tissue. Dentures can be full/complete, replacing an entire row of teeth in the upper or lower jaw. A partial denture replaces several missing teeth when there are still healthy natural teeth remaining in the gum line.
Traditional dentures rest on the gums. Complete dentures are secured using natural suction and possibly with the help of a denture adhesive or cream. A partial denture is secured with brackets affixed to the natural teeth.
Dentures plump up the facial tissue and help you eat a balanced, nutritious diet. Speaking is easier with these replacement teeth, and patients can smile without embarrassment when they have a complete set of teeth.
Are Implant-Retained Dentures Better?
Dentures provide an effective solution for tooth loss — and dentures retained by dental implants do the job even better.
Unlike traditional dentures, which rest on the gum line, an implant-retained denture is held securely in place with the help of prosthetic tooth roots (i.e. the implants). That prevents slippage and promotes better oral and overall health for a lifetime to come.
Your dentist won’t have to place an individual implant for each missing tooth. Instead, a denture can be retained on fewer implants with strategic placement.
Benefits of Dental Implants for Dentures
Compared to traditional dentures, the benefits of one retained by dental implants are significant. They include:
- Better oral health with a stabilized jaw bone
- Bite into nutritious fruits and vegetables without worry
- More comfortable, no worry about oral sores or blisters
- Looks more like your natural teeth
- Removable for easier cleaning
Candidates for Dental Implants
Not everyone is a candidate for an implant retained denture in Melbourne. Patients should be in acceptable oral and overall health to properly heal from the surgical implantation procedure. During an initial consultation, your implant dentist will determine your eligibility for dental implants. If you are a great fit for this popular tooth replacement, we look forward to getting started on your new smile right away!
About the Author
Dr. Ronald E. Richardson is a leader in cosmetic and restorative dentistry in our region. He is passionate about the field of dentistry and works to stay up-to-date through continuing education opportunities and a heavy involvement in a number of professional organizations. To learn more about implant supported dentures in Melbourne or any other tooth replacement option, we invite you to contact the office at (321) 723-3477.