Is It Time To Give Your Dentures A Considerable Upgrade?

Any type of dental prosthesis attached to an implanted metal fixture is called a dental implant. There are many different types of dental implants available, each serving a different purpose, depending on which tooth they're intended to replace and the state of the jaw (its density or lack thereof) that will be anchoring the implant. Dental implants are sometimes referred to as single-tooth implants, and for this reason, you may have assumed that they weren't an option for you. After all, if you've been relying on dentures for years, you may not much like the prospect of needing a dental implant to replace each and every tooth in your mouth. But dental implants don't need to be for a single tooth, meaning it's possible to give your dentures a considerable upgrade.

Not Just for Single Teeth

It's impossible for dental implants to replace all the teeth in your mouth, but it's not a case of a dental implant for each prosthetic tooth. This is technically possible, but it is completely impractical. You may be a candidate for fixed dentures that are permanently attached to a number of implants strategically positioned across your dental arch. But will this outcome be superior to your existing detachable dentures?

Denture Problems

When you first received your dentures, you may have thought that they were a permanent solution, and for many people, they are. However, you might eventually begin to disagree after the reality of living with dentures becomes known. Dentures require periodic relining to ensure that they continue to match the contours of your mouth. Additionally, they have reduced bite pressures when compared to natural teeth or dental implants. They can also slip and may not look entirely natural. Although your dentures were intended to act as a permanent solution, you reserve the right to change your mind.

A Number of Implants

Instead of receiving a dental implant for each prosthetic tooth, you will instead receive a number of implants to serve as the anchor for fixed dentures. This method is often marketed as all-on-four or all-on-six implants, which gives you an idea about the number of implants needed for each dental arch. The implants will be placed simultaneously, so extra healing time won't be needed for each placement. 

Bone Density

The four (or six) implants will be placed in your jaw where the bone is thickest. This means the precise placement will vary from patient to patient. The implant site must offer sufficient bone density, but multiple implants offer some flexibility in this department, too. Your new dentures are then attached to the implants, fixing them in position. 

Implant-supported dentures are very different from detachable dentures, offering far more stability, bite pressure, and a more natural look. If your detachable dentures are no longer meeting your needs, talk to your dentist about an implant-supported upgrade. Contact a local dental clinic to learn more about dental implants.