Until now, people who lost most of their teeth didn’t have many solutions they could turn to. The two options to choose from: Removable dentures or remain toothless. Anyone missing most of their teeth will tell you that neither of these solutions are ideal, and dentists agree! However, with the advancements in dental implant technology, suffering from missing teeth or removable dentures is a thing of the past. In this post, we’ll discuss the disadvantages of removable dentures, and then explain the benefits of implant supported permanent dentures.
Disadvantages of Removable Dentures
There are several disadvantage to wearing removable dentures. Below are the overall most common issues patients experience:
- Lack of teeth and bone support will cause a collapsed look to your face
- Eating with removable dentures is extremely difficult
- Dramatic loss in self-esteem and overall quality of life often occurs
- Dentures can become unglued and fall out at any given moment
- Using removable dentures will become uncomfortable overtime as the lining gets old and will need regular adjustments
- Patients without teeth oftentimes do not brush well, which leads to bad breath and bacteria
- Placing your teeth in a soaking cup each night can be tiresome and embarrassing
What are Permanent Dentures?
Permanent dentures are a new solution for people who have lost most of their teeth. Unlike traditional dentures, permanent dentures are held in place by two or more surgically-placed dental implants. Implant supported dentures are an especially secure set of dentures that allow for you to chew, talk and smile like they’re natural teeth. Beneath your dentures, the implants bond to your jawbone. The implants then become the support that holds everything in place.
There are alternative permanent denture options as well. Adding attachments to the implants, permanent dentures can actually be removable too! The dentures still attach to the implants, but you’re able to click them in and out with ease.
Benefits of Permanent Dentures
There are many other benefits to having permanent dentures too. To summarize these benefits, see below:
- Some cases use as few as two implants per jaw
- Removable ones provide for easier care
- Designed to help you chew naturally again
- Increase in your overall quality of life
- Preserves the bone and prevents further decline in facial structure
- Prevents overall health issues that would normally occur with complete tooth loss
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