February 12, 2018
If you’ve had dentures for a long time or are considering dentures for the first time, keep reading. According to your dentist, there’s a restorative procedure that can make a huge difference in how you perform basic tasks like eating or talking. We know how frustrating is to be talking with a loved one and your dentures starts shifting around your mouth.
Even worse, you’ll be eating your favorite food and the denture comes out in front of your family. If this sounds like you, an implant-supported denture could really benefit your daily life. Before you invest in a traditional denture or reline your current one, consider this alternative from your dentist first.
Implant-Supported Dentures are Only Removed by Your Dentist
For those uninitiated, traditional dentures require much more maintenance to make them last. This involves brushing your teeth and gums regularly as well as your dentures after you remove them. It also means rinsing them in cold water every night to ensure they stay moist. Without this, they can start to dry out and change shape, forcing you to get them relined and even replaced after only a couple years.
Implant-supported dentures are designed to stay in your mouth until your regularly scheduled dental appointment. Here, the dentist will remove them to ensure they’re still in good shape and don’t need replacement. This saves you money, time and effort compared to traditional dentures.
Implant-Supported Dentures Do NOT Rest on the Gums
When you wear dentures, the suction between them and your gums is what keeps them in place. However, a common side effect of tooth loss is facial deformation, which includes the gums as well. Teeth stimulate blood flow to the gums, but when those teeth are gone, the gums start to change shape. This is partly what causes the need for denture relining and/or replacement.
An implant-supported denture is retained and supported by four or more dental implants. By being fixed to these implants, which are embedded in bone, you can speak and eat confidently without worry of them slipping out or shifting during use.
Implant-Supported Dentures DO Stimulate Bone
Dentures and bridges are an ideal method for tooth-replacement, however they carry one major flaw. Since they don’t replace the tooth roots that stimulate bone like natural tooth do, having them doesn’t change the fact that your face is still experiencing atrophy.
An implant-supported denture stimulates bone constantly, therefore helping you keep the overall shape of your face and reducing the chances of bone resorption, a process where unused bone moves to other parts of the body for use. This will also make your jaw stronger, making it easier to eat your favorite foods, regardless of their toughness.
An implant-supported denture could be the answer to your problems. Schedule an appointment with your dentist to learn more about these revolutionary dentures in Lincoln today!
About the Author
Dr. Craig P. Vacek earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry. He also continues his education through hundreds of hours of education courses to stay updated on the latest advancements in dentistry, including mini-dental implants. To learn more about mini-dental implants and his practice, contact him at (402) 466-1914 or visit his website.
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