Unlike traditional dentures that sit on top of the gum, implant-supported dentures are snapped into place on top of dental implants. The implant post provides a stable base and the fact that the prosthetic teeth snap on keeps them from moving about your mouth. New Albany Smiles has extensive experience placing implant-supported dentures.
Unlike traditional dentures that sit on top of the gum, implant-supported dentures are fixed to the gums by root-like titanium posts or implants in the jaws. The implants are surgically placed in the jaw, where your bone and implant fuse together to provide a life-like anchor for the denture. To prepare the denture to stay securely in the mouth, attachments are placed in the underside of the denture. Those attachments connect to the implants for a strong and solid fit. When placed in the mouth, the denture snaps onto the implants, keeping it stable and secure.
Implant-supported dentures provide a long-term, healthy solution to tooth loss. Wearing implant-supported dentures will also help your appearance in the long-term by preventing jaw deterioration and bone loss.
In addition to an improved appearance, implant-supported dentures provide a secure fit and more natural feeling thus eliminating the need for paste or adhesives. For patients with traditional dentures who experience discomfort or movement, stabilizing them with implants can be a more comfortable and functional solution.
Patients who take the implant-supported denture route are often more confident when they talk, laugh, and eat in public. The worry that comes with the possibility of your dentures falling out or slipping during everyday activities goes away.
Implant-supported dentures are far more comfortable than the traditional alternative because they have a secure fit and feel like natural teeth. The secure fit also leaves less opportunity for gum irritation and canker sores. Patients with conventional dentures often have difficulty with speaking clearly, and experience slurred speech and unintentional clicking noises. These symptoms are non-existent with implant-supported dentures.