Can dental implants replace dentures?
Dental implants on their own cannot replace dentures. If you are looking to replace your traditional dentures with a dental implant option, implant-supported dentures are the ideal treatment.
The advantage of dental implants supporting dentures
For many people, a traditional denture is an adequate solution for replacing missing teeth. But if you are looking for a better than adequate option, then implant-supported dentures are ideal.
This treatment takes care of your jawbone health as well as replacing missing teeth. What this means, in practical terms, is that unlike with traditional dentures, your jaw won’t atrophy and cause you to need to either reline your denture or get a new one.
The effects of missing teeth on jaw health
Did you know what happens to your jaw when you lose a tooth?
The bone around the missing tooth root atrophies. When you chew, the pressure provides stimulation necessary for maintaining healthy jawbone density.
When you replace a tooth with a dental implant, the dental implant fuses with the jawbone and replaces the function of a tooth root.
The dental implant contributes to the continued health of your jaw. And it becomes the anchor for a denture or fixed bridge.
Why you want to anchor a denture with a dental implant
There are two reasons you want to anchor a denture with a dental implant: comfort and health.
A conventional denture is not always going to allow you to eat as well as you used to. They require denture adhesives and, even when made by a brilliant prosthetist, can still feel a little uncomfortable and a little unnatural.
With implant-supported dentures, they are secured in your mouth providing more support and eliminating the worry of dentures slipping and sliding out.
We’ve already mentioned the benefit of implants on your jawbone, such as: stopping (or lessening) the bone from atrophying (imagine: jawbone dissolving away or shrinking).
An implant-supported denture will help you chew better which is good for digestion.
What types of implant-supported dentures are available?
At Impressions Dental Studio we offer 2 types of implant-supported dentures:
- Removable dentures on implants
This is a denture anchored to a minimum of two dental implants. Having a removable denture on implants allows you to remove the denture for cleaning when necessary.
- Permanent dentures on implants
A permanent denture on implants is the closest you can come to feel like you’ve got your teeth back.
On a dental professional can remove the denture at your regular check-up and clean appointment.
The right type of implant-supported denture will be largely determined by you and your oral health. The best way to find out which one is right for you is to come visit Impressions Dental Studio. We have locations in Reservoir and Red Hill in Melbourne, as well as Robina on the Gold Coast.
Replacing a regular denture with implant retained dentures
Replacing a regular denture with an implant retained denture has 3 main benefits.
We’ve already covered the first two because the first two reasons are why people invest in implant-supported dentures.
Aesthetics are nice to have. After all, no one wants dental work that looks fake. And the denture material and technology used by Impressions Dental Studio helps to ensure our patients receive the highest quality, natural-looking denture treatments available.
This blend of comfort, health, and aesthetics is why patients choose, time and again, to invest in implant-supported dentures.
And implants an investment. Dental implants can last a lifetime—provided you take care of your oral health—and dentures can last up to 15 years as long as there are no mishaps.
If you would like to know more about replacing dentures with implant-supported dentures, or to book a consultation at Impressions Dental Studio, please contact us today!