Implant dentures are a popular choice for replacing missing teeth since they offer greater stability than traditional dentures. Traditional dentures do have experience on their side. They have been around since before George Washington was falsely reported to have wooden teeth. Although new materials bring significant improvements to traditional dentures, implant dentures have significant advantages. Let’s discuss five ways implant dentures improve on their traditional counterparts.
Dental Implants Stay Put
Implant dentures are supported by the implants underneath. These implants are fused into the jaw, providing a steadfast foundation for the dentures. Traditional dentures sit on the gumline and are held in place by their customized fit. Still, traditional dentures have the potential to slip or shift out of place, especially when eating certain foods (more on that later).
Adhesives Never Needed
As traditional dentures wear, or as your gums and jaw change shape, they need to be refit to your mouth. In the interim, many patients use denture adhesives to help hold them in place. Implant dentures are fastened to the metal implants, so adhesives are never needed.
Hard foods are difficult to chew with traditional dentures. The more force you apply to the food, the more risk of the dentures losing their grip. Chewy or sticky foods might pull the dentures right off your gums. Implant dentures offer up to three times the biting force of traditional dentures, with chewing power similar to that of your original teeth.
Less Denture Relining
Since implant dentures rely on the implants for a secure fit and not the shape of your gums or jaw, the dentures seldom need to be relined due to wear or changes in your mouth. This saves you money in the long run and keeps you from having to go without your teeth while they get relined.
Less Bone Loss
Traditional dentures sit on top of the gums, so the jawbone underneath gets less stimulation than when you had teeth with roots. Without that stimulation, layers of jawbone gradually gets reabsorbed by the body for use elsewhere in the skeleton. Implant dentures anchor directly into the jawbone, so that when you chew, it stimulates the jaw like original teeth. This helps preserve your youthful appearance.
Whether you need just a few teeth replaced or would like to consider All-On-4 implant dentures, the Placerville Dental Group keeps up to date with the latest methods and developments. You can find out more about implant dentures, including other benefits that what we discussed here, by contacting the Placerville Dental Group. Feel free to call our office, or use our online form to ask us any questions you may have.