If you want to get implant supported dentures, there are a few things you should know about them. With traditional dentures, the lower and upper ones are on differently. The upper ones have a palate plate that creates suction against the roof of the mouth. But the lower ones could shift around or cause sores in the mouth. With implant supported dentures, you do not need to worry about any of those issues.
Why can a patient not have one implant per tooth?
If the patient is missing one or two teeth, they may have one implant to replace them. However, that can be expensive if the patient is missing an entire arch. That might stop many people from having implants placed. Plus, putting so many implants requires extensive surgery, and that comes with its risks. That is why a patient might want to have an implant supported denture, which only needs four to six implants.
Are traditional and implant supported dentures the same?
There are a few differences between the two types. Traditional ones rest on the patient’s gums, often with the help of adhesives. The upper ones usually cover the palate to stay in place better. But even if the teeth fit well, there can be some slippage. That is even more the case with the lower ones since there is not as much surface area.
But the newer types use implants to support the false teeth, acting as the roots of the teeth. The implants prevent the dentures from moving as much when the patient is speaking or chewing. Plus, it reduces the chances of the teeth irritating the gums and causing sores. At the same time, the patient can chew easier, making eating more comfortable. If the dentures did not fit right, the patient might suffer from malnourishment.
What if the patient has traditional dentures as well?
Even if a patient has had traditional dentures for many years, implant supported dentures are often possible. The existing dentures might be worn as the patient heals from the implant procedure. That can save some money. However, sometimes, wearing traditional dentures leads to bone loss. In that case, the patient might need to have a bone grafting procedure so that the outcome would be more predictable.
What if some natural teeth are remaining?
The right candidate for implant supported dentures might have had crowns, gum disease, chronic dental issues, or other problems. Many have several missing teeth, as well. These factors might mean that the right option involves starting over with false teeth. Still, if the patient has healthy, natural teeth left, there are options. For instance, a patient might have partial dentures, depending on the location of the healthy teeth.
Choosing the right implant supported dentures
A candidate for the restoration will have enough bone tissue to support the implants. If you feel that implant supported dentures are right for you, you should make an appointment with your dentist. The dentist can examine your mouth and go over your dental history. Then the dentist can tell you your options.
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