How Implants Can Bring New Life to Your Dentures

If you are a wearer of complete dentures, you are all too familiar with the frequent challenges and frustrations of using dentures. Difficulty eating, speaking, and smiling are just a few of the inconveniences of using complete dental prostheses. Luckily, dental technology has advanced significantly in the past decade, led by the innovations in the field of implant dentistry.

Dental implants are designed to replace teeth by submerging a titanium post in the jawbone, followed by attachment of a crown to the top of the post. But dental implants have applications that go far beyond replacing teeth. They can even help improve the function of complete dentures.

Implant-supported dentures are exactly what they sound like: dentures that are stabilized and retained by strategically placed implants. By placing several implants in a toothless arch, and fabricating a denture with receptors on the inside surface, the denture can “snap” onto the implants rather than rest directly on the tissue. This provides superb stability and strength that a normal complete denture simply does not have.

How Implants Can Bring New Life to Your Dentures

Even better, if you already have a complete denture, in most cases it can be retro-fitted to fit newly placed implants. This is true whether the denture is for your upper or lower arch.

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Although implant-retained dentures still must be removed like traditional dentures, while they are in the mouth, there is no comparison to traditional prostheses. Most patients with implant-supported dentures can eat almost anything they like with relative ease.

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