When it comes to repairing a tooth, you often have several different options for accomplishing your goals, depending on the nature and extent of the tooth’s damage. However, when it comes to replacing one, several, or all of the teeth on your dental ridge, your treatment choices typically boil down to the restoration that best fits the extent of your tooth loss. For example, patients who’ve lost all of the healthy, natural teeth on their upper or lower dental ridge often rebound from the loss with help from a custom-designed denture, preferably one that’s supported by a series of dental implant posts.
How conventional dentures are supported
Traditional dentures haven’t changed much in their basic design over the years, though today’s prostheses are often crafted from advanced, highly lifelike materials that offer more durable and esthetically pleasing results. Conventional dentures consist of a row of custom-designed replacement teeth that are crafted from these materials (such as porcelain), and that are precisely situated along a comfortable plastic base to resemble your healthy, natural dentition. The natural curve of the denture helps keep the prosthesis in place along your dental ridge as you bite and chew, though you may also benefit from biocompatible dental adhesive for additional support.
The difference that dental implants make
Dental implants haven’t been around as long as conventional dentures. Yet, ever since they became a routine part of restorative dental care, they’ve become an increasingly more popular addition to dentures and other tooth replacement options. Dental implants consist of small, root-like posts that are designed to mimic healthy, natural teeth roots. The posts are placed strategically within the jawbone structure along your dental ridge, and can be utilized to offer more lifelike and stable support for your custom-designed denture.
Immediate and long-term benefits for your denture
Supporting a denture or other tooth replacement option on an appropriate number of dental implant posts an have several highly significant benefits for your oral health and bite function. When you bite and chew on your denture, for instance, the implant posts keep the restoration as stable and secure as your healthy, natural teeth. The posts also reestablish the vital connection between your bite’s function and the bone structure of your dental ridge. As the posts stimulate the bone structure, they help preserve its overall strength and integrity.
Learn if your denture should have dental implants
When a denture is supported by a series of dental implant posts, it can perform better and do more for your smile than it could without them. To learn more, schedule an appointment with us by calling Dreem Dentistry in Leawood, KS, today at 913-681-5500. We also serve patients who live in Overland Park and all surrounding communities.