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for options to replace all of your teeth
Implant supported dentures can help you regain function and appearance
While today’s dentures are much most sophisticated that the dentures of even just a few decades ago, they do come with some deficiencies. Because they are held in place by suction and adhesives, they can come loose. This can lead to:
- sore spots, discomfort or pain
Another drawback to dentures is the almost inevitable jawbone loss that comes along with their use over time. When the roots of your teeth are missing, your jawbone loses the tooth-on-tooth stimulation it needs to stay strong and healthy. and it gradually becomes reabsorbed.
Jawbone loss can lead to facial changes that tend to make you look old. It can also lead to ill-fitting dentures as the shape of your mouth changes.
Implant supported dentures provide structure
A dental implant consists of a titanium fixture that’s surgically implanted into your jawbone. Through a process known as osseointegration, the titanium fuses to your jawbone to very effectively replace the tooth’s root.
Since replacing all your teeth with dental implants would be impractical and very expensive, implant supported dentures combine the stability of dental implants with the cost-effectiveness of dentures.
Implant supported dentures can be an effective alternative to dentures. They are more generally used to replace teeth in the lower jaw as it’s here that dentures are less stable, but they can be used to replace teeth in the upper jaw as well.
Made exclusively for you
Replacing missing teeth is a very individual and personal endeavour. For many people, tooth loss can come with great a sense of loss, and the best way to replace them is often a balance between your desires, your anatomy and the health of your jawbone structure.
Implant supported dentures come in two types:
What’s the difference?
A fixed implant denture is held in place by several dental implants. How many implants are used varies from patient to patient. The denture is only removable by the dentist. The implants stimulate the jawbone, helping to keep it strong and healthy.
Removable implant dentures are similar to fixed implant dentures except the denture is attached to the implants using a custom made bar. Removable implant dentures are taken out by the patient for cleaning and while they sleep.
Which type of denture is best for you?
Which type of denture will work best for you depends on a variety of factors. The first step to finding the answer is an exam by Chestermere dentist Dr. Lowry.
Once he has completed an assessment of your oral health and has an understanding of your personal goals, he’ll be able to help you decide on the treatment option that will work best for you.