The main use of dental implants is to replace missing teeth whether it’s one tooth or multiple teeth. Did you know dental implants could also be used to support an entire set of dentures (upper and lower)? Well, they can and they are referred to as implant supported dentures or overdentures.
Are Implant Supported Dentures Removable?
No, implant dentures are not removable. Removable dentures sound like a convenient solution at first, but there’s a list of common problems that most people with removable dentures experience:
- Struggle to keep them secure and/or set in place.
- Loose fitting dentures.
- Embarrassment of dentures that have slipped out of the mouth.
- Difficulty eating certain foods that may cause damage to your dentures or cause them to fall out.
- Denture adhesives that fail to work + replacing the adhesive after a set amount of time.
However, if you do prefer it then Dr. Thein does offer Snap-On Dentures that can be removed and are more secure than the traditional denture. We can also fabricate a screw in one denture that only a dentist can remove for added support. All available options will be discussed in person with Dr. Thein.
Why Implant Supported Dentures?
The reason implant dentures are a preferred option by both dentists and candidates for dentures are because they can be stabilized into place resulting in no movement. As such, there are a handful of benefits that come with this option.
Benefits of Implant Supported Dentures:
- Improved chewing ability.
- Do not have to worry about dentures that fall out.
- Does not irritate gum tissue as much as removable dentures.
- No need to reapply denture adhesives.
- More comfortable.
- Improves your smile and day-to-day confidence.
The dentures used during this procedure are specifically modified for dental implants.
Am I A Candidate for Implant Supported Dentures?
Generally speaking, if you are healthy enough to handle a tooth extraction, then you are also healthy enough for implant dentures. For lower dentures, implant dentures can be supported using two implants. However, for upper dentures you may need more than two dental implants for support. This depends on factors such as bone density and bone volume.
The best way to determine this and the cost of implant supported dentures is during a consultation where the mouth can be thoroughly examined.