Dentures have long provided older adults with the chance to get their smiles back. A good fitting pair of dentures can boost your self-confidence, make it easier to enjoy meals, and help you feel like smiling again. With the development of implant-supported dentures, patients have more options than ever before when it comes to replacing all of their teeth at one time.
Traditional dentures are removable prosthesis that are held in place by the suction of the acrylic plate against the roof of the mouth. The acrylic hugs the gum tissues and follows the shape of the jaws, further securing it. However, because the acrylic plate extends over the roof of the mouth, many people find their full mouth denture difficult to speak with, and impossible to taste their food. It still provides a proven, economical way for tooth replacement. Removing the denture each night is essential to oral hygiene and bone health.
Implant Supported Dentures
All-on-4 implant dentures are thinner; “U” shaped dentures that follow the shape of the jaw. The denture itself is anchored permanently onto 4 titanium implant roots, which are securely held in place by the jawbone. Because implants are so strong, only a few of them are needed to support the entire denture. While this treatment requires more of an initial investment, people report that they are much more comfortable eating and speaking with. Implant supported dentures stay in the mouth permanently.
Which denture option is right for you? If you’ve already struggled with finding a denture that fits right, it’s time to talk to your dentist about options like implant-supported dentures and how they can help your smile.
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