Implant-Supported Dentures That Don’t Need Denture Adhesive!
You may know me as a supporter of zinc-free denture adhesives, but what if I told you that you could get rid of your dentures entirely? This may sound like science fiction, but there is a way, and it is gaining popularity fast: implant assisted dentures.Do you want to learn more? Visit Bergens Periodontics & Implant Dentistry of Daytona
What are implant-supported dentures, and how do they work?
You may not have learned of this emerging technology if you are unfamiliar with the rapidly increasing field of implant dentistry. Simply put, the dentist places metal implants into the mouth’s bone structure. The dentures are then made or retrofitted with holes or indentations that correspond to the locations where the implants protrude from the jawbone or upper palate. The implants then fit into the indentations in the dentures like a glove, and voila! Dentures that don’t make you sneeze! Improperly fitted partial dentures can also be significantly improved with implants.
This sounds excruciating…
Although nearly all surgery involves some level of discomfort, this is a relatively minor procedure that can be performed in your dentist’s office under local anaesthetic. Furthermore, be frank with yourself: do your ill-fitting dentures cause you any discomfort? People who have implant assisted dentures have overwhelmingly said that they would prefer the short-term pain of healing from the implant operation to the chronic, on-going pain of dentures that slip, fall, and abrade the interior of their mouths day in and day out. When you consider the discomfort you’re likely to experience as a result of ingesting denture adhesive, the option becomes obvious.
Is implant-supported dentures right for me?
Only an implant-trained dentist will tell you for sure. As you would imagine, you’ll need to be past puberty to complete your bone development (otherwise you would risk having your implants shift). In order to anchor the implants, older adults must have adequate bone structure. And if you don’t have the requisite bone structure, there are many ways to replace it so that implants can be used. Bone graft procedure, plastic bone implants, and also bovine (cow) bone implants are examples of these procedures. This is why it is important to seek the advice of an implant-trained dentist, as only he or she is able to direct you through the various choices for implant support. The good news is that if you already have implants, they will help anchor your bone and gum tissue and prevent further loss.