What Are Implant-Supported Dentures?

Submitted on April 14, 2020

If you are in need of new teeth, consider having implant-supported dentures placed rather than conventional dentures. Dentists from Bay Area Dental Specialists discuss how these two options compare, and the many advantages of implant-supported dentures.

Implant-Supported Dentures

Unlike conventional dentures, implant-supported dentures are permanently set in the mouth via a series of posts. You never have to take them out, and their care is the same as for your natural teeth. Once the patient gets used to them, implant-supported dentures feel just like natural teeth. They are a good alternative for the person who does not want a total set of dental implants but also does not want conventional dentures. They are, in essence, a combination of dentures and implants. Such implants are also recommended for someone who is not happy with their conventional dentures.

The implants are anchored into the jawbone. The procedure consists of two surgeries, conducted three to six months apart. The second surgery takes place after the implants have fused with the bone. Once anchored, the implants stimulate bone, which aids in shrinkage prevention.

Implant-Supported vs. Conventional Dentures

Chewing is easier with implant-supported dentures compared to the conventional version. The bite is stronger, so the choice of foods is wider.

Because conventional dentures rest on the gums, there is always a great deal of rubbing, which leads to discomfort. In general, regular dentures slide and slip a lot, which is not the case with implants. Unlike implants, conventional dentures may cause bone loss, which means mouth shape eventually changes as the bone shrinks. That can change your entire appearance, and not for the better.

While implant-supported dentures are more expensive than conventional dentures, the patient does not have to deal with regular readjustments or the fear of their teeth falling out. Some people with conventional dentures worry so much about the latter that it affects their social lives and can add to loneliness or depression. The confidence factor alone with implant-supported dentures makes up for any additional costs.

Candidates for Implant-Supported Dentures 

Not everyone is a candidate for implant-supported dentures. The dentist will determine whether a patient would benefit from implant-supported dentures after conducting an oral examination. Someone with serious gum disease or insufficient jawbone density is not usually an implant-supported denture candidate. Any patient should enjoy good health overall.

For More Information, Contact Bay Area Dental Specialists  

If you would like to learn more about implant-supported dentures and whether you are a candidate, schedule a personal consultation with a Bay Area Dental Specialists team member. Contact our San Jose practice to schedule an appointment.