Modern dentistry has made many advancements in the creation of dentures since the days of using wooden teeth to correct a person’s smile. Also known as false teeth, these dental appliances can become necessary to replace problem teeth that may impact a patient. Now, dentists can create a prosthetic smile that looks as natural as…
Can Implant Supported Dentures Improve Chewing Function?
Implant supported dentures are a great replacement option for those needing a solution for missing teeth. Dentists often recommend them for patients who are replacing an entire arch of teeth, whether that be the top or bottom half. Aside from tooth replacement, there are a few reasons that implant supported dentures are recommended, and improved chewing function happens to be one of them. Ready to learn more?
Implant supported dentures
Outlined below is an overview of implant supported dentures, as well as an explanation as to why they are a great option for an improved bite, which in turn, allows patients to chew more naturally.
What are they and how do they work?
Implant supported dentures are a hybrid tooth replacement option that combines multiple dental implants with a denture piece. The denture piece is attached to the dental implants through abutments, thus allowing for a secure set of artificial teeth to be worn.
The dental implants that are used for implant supported dentures are made of titanium, which is a biodegradable material that fuses with the jawbone through a process called osseointegration. The denture pieces that attach to the dental implants are made of plastic and nylon and are custom created by a dental lab. The last part of the entire appliance is the artificial teeth, which are typically made of porcelain.
Implant supported dentures work to replace an entire arch of missing teeth, whether it be the top or bottom half. They are a great option because they involve the use of dental implants, which helps stimulate bone growth in the jaw. When a person has missing teeth, the jawbone is likely to deteriorate, which can lead to a number of complications.
Implant supported dentures to improve chewing function
It can be difficult to eat when there are missing teeth. Additionally, other tooth replacement options for full arches do not offer patients the ability to eat normally. Traditional dentures are the alternative tooth replacement option for full arches, but they tend to slide around, especially when the patient is trying to eat. Most patients report that it is uncomfortable to eat and smile, making the overall treatment process unenjoyable.
Unlike traditional dentures, implant supported dentures are anchored in place by dental implants, which makes them a strong tooth replacement option. Because the implants keep the denture piece in place, patients are able to eat much more naturally, thus improving overall chewing function. Additionally, implant supported dentures look more natural. Patients can expect to smile and speak without having to worry that their oral appliance will come out or move around, which again, helps improve overall function.
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Implant supported dentures are a great way to restore bite and improve chewing function. Working with a dentist is a great place to start. Reach out today to learn more or to get started with implant supported dentures treatment! We are here to help.
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