Unsecured Vs Implant-Retained Dentures
Unsecured or traditional dentures have been in use for decades, helping patients with missing teeth regain their tooth function and aesthetics, and reduce damage to their remaining teeth. Unfortunately, unsecured dentures are only held in place by the natural suction of the gums or clasps of the teeth, which makes them prone to coming off.
Unsecured dentures can be especially problematic when eating, speaking, or laughing, as they can sometimes slip or loose suction. This may cause worry and anxiety that something might go wrong.
Implant-retained dentures are a new development in tooth replacement that solves most of the problems that come with traditional dentures. Since they are held in place by a titanium rod attached to your jawbone, these dentures are firm and stable, making it easier to go about your daily activities without worrying about them falling or sipping.
The procedure of getting implant-retained dentures
The process starts with a dentist making an incision inside the gum, lifting the underlying tissue, and drilling a titanium rod inside the jawbone. This is done under local anesthetic, so there is no pain experienced. Once the implant is in place, the gum tissue is stitched up and given time to heal. After the implant is integrated, the denture can now be placed on top of it, providing a permanent base for either partial or full dentures.
Implant-retained dentures solve three problems that are common with unsecured dentures. First, support is usually enhanced as a result of the implant base that is firmly anchored inside the jawbone, eliminating the problem of unsecured dentures clasping tighter together as you chew.
Second, stability is also enhanced, solving the issue of unsecured dentures slipping from side to side during eating or speaking. Third, implant-retained dentures offer improved retention, as they do not depend on suction from the gums to stay in place but are anchored in the jawbone like natural teeth.
Benefits of implant-retained dentures
- Improved function: With implant-retained dentures, stability and retention are greatly enhanced, allowing patients to eat, smile and speak more comfortably and without fear of dentures coming off. There is also less fear of denture breakage due to the false teeth clasping together, or slipping due to the dentures shift from side to side.
- Comfort and simplicity: Unlike traditional dentures, implant-retained dentures do not require to be held in place with denture adhesives, making them simple to wear. Implant-retained dentures are also a lot more comfortable due to improved retention, and spare the wearer from sore spots and pressure points that would otherwise be experienced with traditional dentures.
- Reduced bone loss: The implant inserted into the jaw reduces bone loss, while also preserving your facial structure.
For more information, talk to a professional like Select Dentures Clinic & Lab.