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Benefits of Implant Supported Dentures

Benefits of Implant Supported Dentures If you are dealing with the partial or full loss of a tooth, implant supported dentures can be one of the most useful dental treatments. Implant supported dentures work to optimise your oral health by improving the appearance of your teeth, restoring your ability to bite and chew normally and even boosting the overall function of your mouth. Dental implants and implant supported dentures work together to upgrade the aesthetic value and the practical usefulness of your teeth. Dental Implants have changed the way we look at dentistry. Dental implants are not just for single tooth or multiple teeth replacement. They can also be used in support and stabilisation of removable dentures. Long time denture wearers will tell you that over time the bone remodels and resorbs resulting in loose and ill fitting dentures. Now with the development of dental implant supported dentures those days can be a relic left in the past for many patients. As few as four implants can be placed into the jaw in strategic positions to anchor the dentures firmly into the mouth. A short period of surgery is required for the implant posts to be placed into the jawbone and once this is done they're left to heal and bond with the surrounding bone and gum tissue to form a permanent fixture in the mouth. Special fittings are then used to attached the dentures to the implants and the wearer can simply remove them to clean, and then snap them back into position.

Benefits of implant-supported dentures:

01. Enhanced Stability: Traditional dentures sit on the gums, where they are generally held in place using a denture adhesive. For many patients, this leaves the dentures feeling loose, and may result in the dentures slipping or falling out of place. Implant-supported dentures are attached to metal abutments, which are connected to dental implants that have actually fused with the jawbone. Essentially, this makes the implant-supported dentures just as secure as the natural teeth, giving patients the most comfortable fit possible, and eliminating the fear that dentures will fall out of place.

02. Speech Enhancement: Any denture or bridge supported by implants will have a positive impact on speech ability, especially involving the upper jaw. But patients who've previously worn removable dentures may not see a dramatic difference but will still be able to benefit from the greater stability of the denture, particularly if the dentures were previously unstable.

03. Less Bone Loss: When the natural teeth are lost, the surrounding bone loses its role of supporting them and the body starts to resorb it as useless. The lack of stimulation provided by the teeth roots can lead to massive bone loss in the jaws, seriously affecting facial integrity and appearance. Dentures start to not fit well and have to be replaced or repaired every few years. Implants act as the teeth roots continuing to stimulate the bone cells and help the jawbone around them to stop deteriorating. If enough denture implants are used they can help the jawbone structures to remain healthy and intact.

04. Aesthetics: For personal satisfaction, this is often the ultimate test - how will I look? As a product of the evolving art of facial aesthetics, removable dentures supported by implants can replace lost tissues and restore balance to the face, and often produce a remarkable smile “makeover.”

Dental Implant Vs. Fixed Bridge - Which Is Best?

Nowadays when there are several treatment options available for missing teeth, it is very important to study pros and cons of each treatment before you decide to choose for replacing them. While Fixed Bridge option was selected by people for replacing a missing teeth since years, modern dentistry has made replacing teeth with dental implants a popular option. Irrespective of whether you have one or several missing teeth, you should consider following when deciding between a dental implant and a fixed bridge:

Placement: Both a dental implant and a fixed bridge will help replace teeth that were lost, which is good news for your oral function. A bridge is a fake tooth supported by two dental crowns; getting a crown means that adjoining teeth need to buffed down so that the crown/cap can be placed. A Bridge requires healthy teeth to be physically altered in order to accommodate the crowns that support the bridge. This is why modern dentistry recommends implant-supported dental bridges as an alternative to suitable candidates. Dental implants are titanium screws that are surgically placed into the jaw, where they fuse with the bone and act as artificial tooth roots. Because titanium is not recognised as a foreign substance by the human body, the dental implants essentially become part of the patient's natural anatomy, providing unrivaled support for the dental bridge. Implant supported bridge are simply caps (crowns) placed on titanium screw itself. Therefore they save adjoining teeth from loosing some of the tooth substance.

Flexibility: In the case of a bridge, a dentist will need healthy adjacent teeth for support. Therefore fixed bridges require that at least one tooth be present surrounding the site of a lost tooth. Advantage of implants is that they can be used to replace more than one missing natural tooth. With dental implants various combinations are possible as explained in above image.

Longevity: The life expectancy of bridgework is less than that of implants. There are more things that can go wrong with bridges, as they are (in general) not held as securely in place. Tooth decay, for example can destroy a tooth that holds the bridgework, whereas an implant is immune to decay. However both can be damaged by gum disease, so you need to maintain good oral hygiene.

Cost-Effectiveness: Initial treatment cost of dental implants is typically more than a bridge. However dental implants do last longer than fixed bridges and can be considered a wise investment for long term oral health.

Easy maintain and clean: If you are considering implants, you should take in consideration another important advantage - implants are easier to maintain. The cleaning process is very simple and flossing between implants is possible.

Procedure: To get a bridge, you will have to undergo a simple dental procedure that involves no surgery, whereas dental implants require surgical intervention. A dental bridge is recommended in the case of jaw bone loss or significant damage. The process will be simpler, less painful and less expensive in such instances. It is important to know that the positioning of dental implants demands healthy bone or bone grafting procedure where sufficient bone does not exist.

Retain jawbone structure: Once a tooth is extracted or lost, the bone that used to hold it in place shrinks away even after bridge is placed. If there are several missing teeth, this may result in a visible change in the shape of the face. This can make a person look aged. A great benefit of a implants is that they can help maintain the bone structure. A bone graft may first be needed, but once the metal settles, the bone will be preserved. Therefore the jaw shape will remain fuller and more natural. A dental bridge has no such benefits with regards to bone preservation. Knowing these factors will help you make an informed decision about dental implants and bridges. Each option has its advantages that need to be compared for an informed decision to be made.

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