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How Does Combining Dentures with Implants Make a Difference?

July 14, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drchristensen @ 9:03 pm
Older man with dentures sitting and smiling

Traditional dentures are still used to this day to replace entire rows of missing teeth, but now you can get dental implants to anchor them permanently in place. This small addition can make an even bigger difference than you might think at first, as the many advantages that dental implants provide end up making dentures stronger and more reliable in the long run. The following post explores the many benefits of implant dentures in Midland.

How are Implants and Dentures Used Together?

A normal full denture rests on your gums. If you want an implant denture, however, first you’ll need to have a series of implant posts placed in your jawbone. As few as 4 dental implants can be used to replace an entire row of teeth. A natural process called osseointegration allows underlying bone tissue to fuse with the implants to permanently anchor them in place. Normally, you have to wait until your mouth has fully healed before you can have a denture attached to your dental implant posts. However, if you undergo the All-on-4 implant process (which involves 4 dental implants placed at specially chosen angles to take advantage of the parts of the jaw where bone density is highest), a temporary denture can sometimes be placed immediately after implant surgery.

What are the Advantages of Implant Dentures?

Implant dentures can be a dramatic improvement over traditional dentures thanks to the benefits listed below:

  • Additional Stability: Traditional dentures are known to lose their fit as the shape of the gumline changes. As a result, they may start to slip more often, and you might have to use an adhesive to hold them in place. With dental implants, the dentures won’t move at all, and the improved stability will also increase their chewing strength.
  • Permanence: As time goes by, traditional dentures will likely have to be relined and repaired. Eventually, you may need to get them replaced altogether. Implants, on the other hand, become a permanent part of your jaw and have been known to last for the rest of a patient’s life.
  • Improved Functionality: When you lose natural teeth, your body decides that the bone tissue that used to support them is no longer needed and starts to break it down. Dental implants perform the same functions as tooth roots, allowing them to stop the process of bone loss. This is not possible with traditional dentures since they don’t interact directly with the jawbone at all.

During an implant consultation, your dentist in Midland can go over some additional benefits of dental implants and outline just how much of an advantage they offer over traditional restorations. Are you thinking of getting implants for your own dentures? Call your practice today to start the process!

About the Author

Dr. John K. Drisdale III treats all his patients like members of his own family. He has been elected president of the West Texas Academy of General Dentistry, and he is proud to be involved with the Texas Dental Association. He is happy to answer any questions you might have about combining dentures with dental implants to replace your entire smile from the roots up. To schedule an implant consultation, visit his website or call (432) 684-7424.

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