Implant-Supported Dentures vs. Traditional Restorations
Traditional dentures have been a reliable method for replacing up to an entire arch of missing teeth for many years. While they sufficiently allow patients to chew food and live life comfortably, the modern advancements in today’s dentistry have led to even more successful and effective replacement options, such as appliances supported by dental implants.
Long Lasting with Natural Function
As imperfect as they are, dentures are generally a reliable option to restore teeth, but dental implants may offer a better solution. Dentures can be permanently attached to implants, combining the benefits of implants with the best functions of the traditional denture appliance.
Dental implants are placed into the bone directly, creating a foundation that is strong and reliable. Implants and bone fuse together through a natural process that resembles the bond tooth roots have with the bone. Implant-supported denture treatment is designed to withstand daily wear and tear and eliminate the need for adhesives or suction that keep dentures in place. Dentures are attached to these implants using abutments and can only be separated by the dental professional who attached them. They do not move or shift during mealtimes or conversation, and implant patients won’t ever see them fall out.
The Advantages of Implant-Supported Prosthetic Dentures
Traditional denture appliances sit directly on top of gum tissue, not addressing the essential need for vital jawbone stimulation. Implant-supported dentures, however, require sturdy implant posts to be placed directly into the jawbone first, providing structure and stability to the denture prosthetic devices. Implants also protect the aesthetics of your facial structure. After teeth have been missing for some time, the bones in your jaw shrink and create a concave look. This makes many appear aged in appearance. When the prosthetics are placed into the bone, they stop the jaw shrinking process—called resorption—and even supports renewed structure. Combined with dentures, the smile and face appear more youthful and natural.
At our Woodland Hills dental practice, Dr. Cyrus Bandary utilizes his many years as a skilled prosthodontist to both place and restore dental implants to better serve patients throughout Los Angeles County. For more information on how implants can improve your life, or to schedule an appointment, call our office today!