Traditional, adhesive-affixed dentures are disadvantaged in many ways. Thanks to major advances in the development of dental implants, a more stable and more reliable alternative to conventional dentures is now commonly offered at surgeon offices across the country.
Dental implant fixed dentures affix to the patient’s anatomy quite literally. Implants hold bridges, dentures and other dental restorations firmly in place so you don’t suffer the slipping, sliding and mouth irritation you might experience with conventional dentures.
Take a look at what makes full arch implants special, along with how implant-supported dentures compare to conventional dentures.
All on 4 Dental Implants and Conventional Dentures
Conventional dentures leverage suction, adhesives or a combination of the two to stay in place in your mouth. The denture or “plate” is an acrylic prosthetic that is tissue borne only, meaning it relies on the gum on the top the mouth to stay in place. Because there is no “anchor” to fix to, the most common complaint of denture users is the lack of stability and therefore confidence in retention during chewing, speaking and interacting with others.
Dental implants solved the stability issues of traditional dentures by acting more like natural teeth. Based around a titanium screw or “post,” dental implants are embedded in the jawbone where they will fuse with the bone over the months following the implant placement procedure.
With the implants integrated with the jawbone, the stability and reliability from implant-supported dentures will be far superior to the support delivered by the adhesives and suction of conventional dentures.
Here are some of the many benefits you’ll enjoy with full arch dental implants, compared to conventional dentures:
- Smile confidently, knowing your dentures will not shift in your mouth and throw off your smile
- Eat confidently, knowing you cannot dislodge your dentures by eating tough or dense foods
- Speak confidently, knowing phonetics are predictable without distortion of your words