Implant-supported dentures are dentures that are attached to dental implants instead of resting on the gums like traditional dentures. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made of titanium that are surgically placed into the jawbone to support the denture. The denture is then attached to the implants with a connecting mechanism, such as a bar or a ball and socket.
Implant-supported dentures are beneficial in several ways:
Increased stability: Implant-supported dentures are more stable and secure than traditional dentures, which can slip or shift in the mouth. This can provide patients with greater confidence and comfort when speaking, eating, and smiling.
Improved chewing ability: Implant-supported dentures provide a more stable foundation for chewing, which can allow patients to eat a wider variety of foods.
Preservation of jawbone: Dental implants help preserve the jawbone by providing the stimulation that is necessary for bone growth and maintenance. This can help prevent bone loss and other oral health problems.
Longevity: Implant-supported dentures can last longer than traditional dentures, which may need to be replaced every five to seven years. With proper care, implant-supported dentures can last for many years.
Improved oral hygiene: Implant-supported dentures are easier to clean than traditional dentures, which can reduce the risk of gum disease and other oral health problems.