Implant supported dentures offer more stability, comfort and retention.
The gum and jawbone were never 'designed' to support dentures. Typically dentures rest upon the gums, and any remaining teeth, and for many patients, dentures will tend to adversely affect these tissues. In time, the bone will lose bulk , and the gum covering the jaw will become reduced in quality which can lead to the loss of more teeth. Inevitably as these supporting tissues are lost, the dentures become less steady and more difficult to wear. This results in irritation to the gums, the risk of the dentures slipping out, difficulty in chewing, unwanted sounds and most of all, a loss in confidence.
Advantages of Implant Supported Dentures
Placing implants to support and retain a denture will generally offer much more stability and predictability, as well as improving comfort, retention, and most importantly helping to retain the jawbone bulk.
We consider using implants to support full dentures as a minimum standard of care that we like to offer our patients. When teeth are still present, a tooth supported metal-based partial denture may be an effective way to replace a few missing teeth.
An implant supported over-denture has key advantages for some of our patients who find that they can be a little easier to maintain; for instance brushing or flossing around the implants is easier with the denture or bridge part removed. This may be important where access is really difficult, for example where there is massive bone loss, or when the patient is not very dexterous.
With our excellent laboratories and specialist prosthodontics, we will carefully construct beautiful dentures to complement your face. This treatment can be used as a first stage to planning both the position for implant bridges and over-dentures.