Dentures might complete your smile but they do present limitations. Many people with dentures complain that it’s difficult to eat a variety of foods or speak without impediments. One way to improve the function of your dentures is to anchor them to dental implants. Our oral surgeon offers implant supported dentures so that our patients can enjoy a beautiful smile that functions much more closely to biological teeth.
How Implant Supported Dentures Work
Implant supported dentures involve attaching a custom denture to strategically placed dental implants. An implant is a biocompatible prosthetic that is embedded into the jawbone. Implants are used to replace the roots of teeth and can anchor an array of restorations and prosthetics including full and partial dentures.
When a denture is attached to implants, it will ensure that a person’s replacement teeth will not move or slide during oral function. This additional stability makes it possible to exert more force when chewing and tearing food. More control and force allow patients to eat varieties of food that are typically off limits for conventional denture wearers.
Unique Advantages Associated with Implant Supported Dentures
Securing dentures to dental implants offers unique benefits to those who’ve suffered with tooth loss. In addition to making it easier to enjoy tough, chewy, and fibrous food, the fact that prosthetic teeth won’t budge makes it possible for patients to speak more clearly.
One particularly unique advantage to choosing implant supported dentures is the fact that dental implants protect bone mass in the jaws. Without the roots of teeth to keep bone active, the jaws will atrophy. This bone deterioration can make a person appear older than they should and affect the way that their dentures fit.
Implant supported dentures greatly improve a person’s quality of life after tooth loss. If you have questions about this treatment option, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with our team at Dallas Oral Surgery Associates. At your consultation, our oral surgeon can help you determine the best tooth replacement method for your needs.