Most of us have heard about dentures and their imperfections for most of our lives, long before we would ever need to wear them. As time passes and dentures become a real consideration, patients try to hold onto failing teeth as it is hard to commit to wearing dentures for the rest of your life. But dentures have changed. Many of their shortcomings have been offset by dental implants, a permanent teeth replacement solution.
Take a look at implant-supported dentures and learn how they go above and beyond the performance and reliability of conventional dentures.
What Are Implant-Supported Dentures?
While conventional dentures rely on suction, adhesives and frames to stay in place, implant-supported dentures are firmly fastened by dental implants.
Here’s a detailed look at how dental implants anchor implant-supported dentures:
The titanium screw – this screw is inserted in the jawbone, like a natural tooth, where its biocompatible titanium fuses with the bone over time. Four to eight implants are commonly used to support a full denture.
The abutment – placed on top of the screw, and above the gum line, this part serves as a connector for the restoration
The restoration – these are your dentures in the case of implant-supported dentures. Other restorations include crowns and bridges.
Just as conventional dentures come in several variations, implant-supported dentures do as well. Some implant support dentures are snap-on – caps built into the underside of the dentures snap onto each abutment. Other styles use retaining screws, which thread through access points on the top side of the dentures and screws into each abutment underneath.
Am I A Candidate?
Dental implants and implant-supported dentures offer a world of promise to those with missing or failing teeth, yet not everyone is a strong enough of a candidate for these restorations to be viable.
These are some of the elements of a strong candidate for dental implants:
- A need for replacement teeth
- Sufficient jawbone to hold implants
- Motivation to stay true to a treatment plan
- Good general health, favorable oral health