Many denture wearers are unhappy with their dentures, especially cheap dentures prone to poor fit, poor function, and significant discomfort. If that’s your experience, you might be considering upgrading to dental implants with implant dentures. Here are some common questions we get from people considering transitioning from traditional dentures to implant dentures.
What Benefits Can I Expect from Dental Implants?
Implant dentures are a much better replacement for lost teeth than traditional dentures. When you upgrade to dental implants, expect to enjoy:
- Secure replacement teeth
- Better biting and chewing
- Less damage to remaining teeth
- Less jawbone shrinkage
One of the biggest complaints people have about dentures is that they don’t stay in place. Talking, laughing, chewing, and more minor jaw movements often dislodge traditional dentures. But implant dentures stay secure–you can count on them to always be where you want them. You don’t even have to use denture adhesive to keep restorations in place with dental implants.
Having replacement teeth securely in place makes it easier for you to bite and chew. You will have a stronger bite force and chew more easily with dental implants than with dentures. This lets you eat more different and nutritious foods.
If you have partial dentures, these rely on your natural teeth for support. This can cause wear on your remaining teeth or, potentially, increase your risk of cavities and gum disease impacting these teeth. Dental implants support themselves, so they don’t cause damage to your remaining teeth.
When you lose your teeth, your body begins to remove bone from your jaw. Since the bone is used to support your teeth, your body thinks this bone isn’t necessary anymore. Losing jawbone can make your face shrink, leading to hanging jowls, turkey neck, sunken lips, and more signs of premature aging. It also means you have to refit your dentures regularly. Plus, it can increase your risk of jawbone fracture. Dental implants stimulate your jaw so that you don’t experience as much shrinkage.