Wearing dentures can be challenging; ill-fitting dentures cause discomfort and inhibit normal routines (to include eating and speaking!), and they can be noticeably unnatural in appearance. The implants are surgically placed into the jawbone, serving as stable posts for new dentures. These dentures provide patients with a new lease of life – but, how?
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5 Benefits to Implant Supportive Dentures
1 Strength and Stability: Dental implants consist of titanium screws. These posts are surgically placed into the jaw bone, in the location of the tooth's natural root. The titanium alloy provides a stable base for replacement dentures; over time, through the process of osseointegration, the titanium fuses with the bone, creating a strong anchor for dentures. And, individual, separate posts don't damage and weaken neighboring bone, or soft tissue.
2 Appearance: A denture supported by implants yields a more natural appearance – the implants make it possible for the replacement crown to fit properly into the mouth in line with the face's natural bone structure. The crown itself can appear more natural, sitting flush against the gum without noticeable, uncomfortable gaps.
3 Durability: The materials used in implant-supported dentures are resilient, and can last for a very long time. This makes implant-supported dentures less prone to breakage, wear and tear, or general discomfort than traditional removable dentures. Both the titanium metal alloy used in the implants, and the composite material used for the dentures, can endure significant biting pressure, as well as fluctuations in temperature, and restore a patient's functionality.
4 Oral Health: All teeth restorations are aimed at fully restoring a patient's oral health – with implant-supported dentures, some of the big challenges are tackled through the procedure itself. The posts fuse to the bone, so that pockets of disease-causing bacteria cannot form in the lining of the gum and tooth. Also, patients experience less pain during recovery, and their normal routine resumes within a very short period of time.
5 Quality of Life: Psychologically, implant-supported dentures often provide the patient with a boost in self-confidence. According to a study published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine, patients who received implant-supported dentures indicated massive improvements in the areas of functionality; physical pain; psychological discomfort; physical disability; social disability; psychological disability; and, handicap.