Modern implant-supported dentures are almost 50 years old, but the concept of dental implants has been around for millennia. At present, more than 156 million Americans have implant-supported dentures, and that number is likely to grow over the coming years, as more individuals discover the numerous benefits associated with getting dental implants.
But what are implant-supported dentures? Who needs them, and what kinds are there? For answers to these questions and other relevant information included in this article by our dentists at our South Austin dental office, read through the sections below, where we discuss everything you need to know about implant-supported dentures.
If you’re missing many or most of your teeth, your healthcare provider may recommend full implant-supported dentures. If you’re only missing a few teeth in a specific section, you may only need partial implant-supported dentures.
You’ll need to have enough bone mass in your jaw to accommodate the dental implants. If the bone mass in your jaw has been reduced over the years, you can get a dental bone graft to add more mass and density.
Many individuals switch from traditional dentures, i.e. the ones you can put in and take out at will, to implant-supported dentures, in large part because implant-supported dentures are more stable and easier to deal with overall.
Removable implant-supported dentures snap into place and can be removed at will. But when they’re fixed in place, they’re just as sturdy as non-removable dentures.
These are ideal for individuals who want to be able to take their dentures out for daily cleaning.
While fixed dentures are technically removable, you can’t remove these at will, as you’ll need a dentist to remove them for you.
Unlike the other dentures, you can’t take them out for cleaning, but you can clean them like you’d clean regular teeth. Floss threaders, interproximal brushes, and a few other dental cleaning tools can help you keep your dentures, and your oral cavity overall, clean and hygienic.
Implant-supported dentures resemble natural teeth in many ways, and in some ways they’re even better. With these in, you can articulate words better, eat a wide variety of tough foods, and never have to worry about them becoming loose at an inconvenient time.
In short, they’re like traditional dentures, just with far fewer hassles and many more benefits.
If maintained properly, implant-supported dentures can last longer than 20 years. Most individuals use a set of dentures for 15 to 20 years before switching.
Wondering how your life would be different with a set of high-quality implant-supported dentures? Book a consultation with Austin Dental Specialty Group now to learn how you can benefit from having these installed.
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