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Denture Stabilization: Implant-Supported Solutions


man smiling and looking at his new teethUnder certain circumstances, dentists may recommend dental implants to provide more support and stability to your dentures. If you are considering getting dentures, get in touch with our resident dentists at Advanced Center for Oral Surgery, Facial Surgery and Dental Implants to determine if you are an ideal candidate for this procedure.

What Are Implant-Supported Dentures?


These are types of dentures that are surgically attached to the jawbone using dental implants. As a result, they do not shift or loosen with time, unlike regular dentures that rely on adhesives and suction to stay in place. Implant-supported dentures typically come in two types: removable dentures, also known as ball-retained dentures, and permanent, or bar-retained dentures.

Removable dentures snap or clip into the implanted dental implants, and you can easily unscrew them whenever you need to. The main advantage of ball-retained implant-supported dentures is that they are generally cheaper to install and replace. They are also much easier to clean at home, which helps to prevent the build-up of bacteria. On the downside, they get loose and unstable the more you remove them, which can affect chewing and speaking.

Permanent implant-supported dentures are screwed into the dental implants such that you cannot remove them by yourself. These dentures offer the closest feel to natural teeth and can perform heavier functions like chewing hard foods with ease. As they are literally fixed into the jawbone, bar-retained dentures do not require any additional maintenance. You just need to brush them like you do with the natural teeth to remove the food remnants and bacteria.

Are Implant-Supported Dentures Better Than Traditional Dentures?


Generally, implant-supported dentures are more convenient than traditional stick-on dentures. Apart from being more stable, they also allow you to enjoy a broader range of foods without fear of shifts and slips. Moreover, with proper care, the dentures can last for many years, potentially even longer than some of your natural teeth. Basically, they are a permanent solution for missing teeth.

Most importantly, implant-supported dentures occupy and stimulate the jawbone. They mimic the stimulation provided by natural teeth. This effectively prevents bone loss in the jawbone and preserves the dental and facial structures. In contrast, traditional dentures transmit very little pressure to the jawbone. This can hasten the rate of bone deterioration. Over time, unchecked bone loss in the jawbone can lead to a sunken facial appearance and affect the stability of the other teeth.

Notably, implant-supported dentures are not a magic bullet in regard to preventing bone loss. For one, despite being made of titanium, the dentures are susceptible to peri-implantitis, a condition that causes the gum tissue around the implant to get inflamed. Poor oral health routines cause peri-implantitis and can get severe enough to loosen the dental implants and potentially cause total implant failure.

Take Control of Your Dental Health


If you struggle with loose or uncomfortable dentures, it may be time to seek a more permanent solution. Book a consultation with Advanced Center for Oral Surgery, Facial Surgery and Dental Implants, and one of our dentists will evaluate your oral health and suggest the proper type of implant-supported dentures for you. Give us a call at (224) 341-5517 to schedule your appointment.


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