Considering implant supported dentures? This popular treatment option combines two solutions that both work to replace missing teeth. While implant-supported dentures alone solve the problem of missing teeth, they also benefit oral health in ways that may not be so obvious. Continue reading to learn more about these benefits.
Outlined below are a few ways that implant-supported dentures can benefit oral health. Reviewing this information can be quite helpful to individuals who are considering different tooth replacement options.
The number one benefit of implant-supported dentures for oral health is the ability to stimulate the jawbone. Unlike other tooth replacement options, implant-supported dentures stimulate the bone, which helps to keep everything beneath the surface intact.
Another big problem that results from having missing teeth is a shift. The jawbone can significantly shift when there is an entire arch of teeth missing, which is often the case when considering implant-supported dentures. A shift in the jawbone may result in serious malfunction, facial structure changes, and discomfort, all of which could result in a need for extensive dental treatment.
When implant-supported dentures are placed, the implants fuse with the jawbone during osseointegration, which helps to prevent any serious changes from occurring.
Unlike other tooth replacement options, implant-supported dentures replace the missing roots of the teeth too, which play a big role. The roots are important as they connect to the bone, which allows for strength and mobility. With implant-supported dentures, the roots are replaced by the implants and the teeth are replaced by the dentures.
When dentures are used by themselves, there is not root replacement, which results in changes in the bone, as well as a difficult time functioning, such as eating or speaking.
Another way that implant-supported dentures benefit oral health is by covering the gums. When a missing tooth exists, a gap is created, which makes the gums exposed. This exposure can result in infection and irritation, both of which may result in a need for dental treatment. Additionally, when an entire arch of teeth is missing or multiple in a row, it can be extremely difficult to eat. The gums are forced to grind foods because there are no teeth present. This can do long-term damage.
With implant-supported dentures, the gums will still be exposed for a few weeks while the implant site heals; however, long-term, they will be covered by abutments and dentures, which replace the missing teeth and cover the gap.
When wanting to get started with implant-supported dentures, it is worth consulting with a dentist. An evaluation can be performed in order to determine whether or not implant-supported dentures are a viable option, as they are not suitable for everyone. Additionally, the dentist can ask any questions or go over any concerns that may be existing. To find out more or to get scheduled for an appointment, reach out today.