Anyone who has ever had to wear dentures knows how annoying it can be when the material wears thin and loses the form and feel it once had. In addition to feeling uncomfortably, malfunctioning dentures can make it difficult to perform simple tasks like eating and speaking. As well, over time a person’s facial shape can be altered, due to the jawbone attempting to adapt to the irregular placement of the denture.
No one should have to live with the effects of dentures that do not fit the way they should. Prior to recent advancements in the field of dentistry, the only viable solution would be to mold a new set for the patient, but this does not guarantee the problem will not happen again. Bone loss and gum tissue fluctuations, primarily in the thickness of the tissue, can occur over time when a perfect fit is not in place.
Implant-Supported Dentures: A Permanent Fix
However, that does not mean you have to suffer from the side effects caused by poorly functioning equipment. Most dentists now agree that the answer to this problem is the insertion of implant-support dentures. Dental implants have been used for quite some time to replace individual teeth or sections at a time, but there has yet to be a development that focused primarily on the needs of patients who already have dentures.
Although the possibility of inserting multiple, permanent implants is an option, it is a costly one that can also be difficult to implement in elderly patients. The jawbone naturally adapts to the denture mold, so eliminating the piece altogether can have the same negative results as before, namely impaired speech and troubles with chewing.
The Benefits of Implant-Supported Dentures
- Implant-supported dentures can be thus thought of as a hybrid between permanent implants and removal molds, because that is precisely what this technology does. Everything remains the same except one critical feature; the dentures snap into place on a fixed support base rather than sliding into the jawbone. You will still be able to remove the dentures and clean them (as you should), but you will not have to worry about feeling uncomfortable.
- Perhaps the best thing about implant-supported dentures is their durability. Like other implants, they are permanently fixed into the patient’s jawbone by way of pre-drilled screws. The overlay is secure and allows for quick insertion and removal of the denture mold. They are also a versatile option, as the dentures come in both full and partial molds.
If you are having troubles speaking and have noticed increased discomfort with your current dentures, contact your dentist about whether he or she thinks an implant-supported model would be right for you.