Dentures are an ideal option for many people whose natural teeth no longer allow them to bite, chew, and eat properly. But there is a downside to dentures. Because they sit on the gum, and are not fixed to the jaw, over time you will experience resorption – your jaw bone gradually thinning due to not being placed under pressure from chewing. This can also affect your facial features as your jawline becomes thinner.
The best way to combat this is an implant-supported denture – the denture is fixed to your jaw via two or perhaps more posts that stabilise your denture, connecting it directly with your jaw bone.
Not only does an implant-supported denture help stop bone resorption, but it restores much of the chewing efficiency of natural teeth. The extra stability also improves your confidence when talking and eating.
Implant dentures vs. normal dentures: what’s the difference?
Implant-supported dentures are secure dentures that require dental implants for attachment. Normal dentures only rest on the gums. Read more on our denture and implant options here >
Dental implants: preventing bone shrinkage
An incredibly important feature of implant-supported dentures (and their required dental implants) is their ability to keep the bone tissue strong in the jaw, avoiding bone resorption (disintegration) and facial collapse. Normal dentures simply rest on the gums and require regular relining due to this resorption. It is not the denture the changes shape over time, it is the bone slowly falling away.
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Benefits of implant-supported dentures
- Much lesser chance of pressure sores, pain and irritation to gum tissue
- A better fit, with greatly increased stability when talking and eating
- More natural feel in the mouth due to the fixed nature of implant-supported dentures, and less acrylic used.
- Improved speech
- Improved diet, as more foods are able to be eaten easily
- No need for denture adhesives
- Jawbone and facial structure remain, unlike regular dentures
Bite, chew, eat properly again!
The benefits implant dentures provide can be indeed life changing. Another major benefit is the ability to be able to chew properly again.
Patients with conventional dentures have only 10% of the chewing efficiency of what individuals are normal teeth have. In stark comparison, those with implant-supported dentures have 75% chewing efficiency.
Such an increased ability to bite and shoe will make an enormous difference to the amount of nutritious foods you will now be able to enjoy, which can have provide a massive boost to your nutritional intake and health.
Cleaning your implant dentures
Looking after your implant-supported dentures is easy. You simply unclip and remove your dentures every night to perform the essential but simple clean. The attachments in your mouth will also need to be cleaned, which will be a similar activity to cleaning natural teeth. If you are unclear on how to do this or have forgotten the instructions, speak to your dentist.
Introducing the Denture Connect Plus system
An effective, innovative way of connecting a regular denture to dental implants at a fraction of the price of the Four Under One procedure.
The procedure for dental implants
When this procedure is performed, usually two implants are placed towards the front of the jaw, and a denture is made to clip onto these implants. The result is a highly stabilised denture that works as it was intended, giving an end to pain and discomfort, improved speech, improved health and all-round confidence.
Dentures Plus: experts in implant-supported dentures
Dentures Plus is the preferred choice for hundreds of permanent denture patients, as each of our Dentures Plus clinics have an in-house laboratory run by experienced dental prosthetists, directly controlling the quality of dentures, minimising time delays and making it more affordable for you.
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