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The Facts Behind a Full Denture Implant
A full denture implant goes beyond replacing missing teeth. It also helps to keep your mouth healthy. A healthy mouth is a part of good overall health. Missing one tooth or more can lead to a variety of dental issues. It can cause the remaining teeth to become misaligned as they try to close the gap. A missing tooth also leads to the breakdown of jawbone tissue since the part of the jaw that held the tooth in place is no longer stimulated.
Missing a tooth can also affect a person's emotional health. It can lower their self-esteem and make them feel self-conscious about their appearance during social interactions. It can even lead to a person isolating themselves from social gatherings. If costs were never a factor when choosing a replacement for missing teeth, implants would be the way to go. However, implants are a lot more expensive than other options like dentures. The problem is, dentures do not prevent bone tissue breakdown like implants do, and they are prone to continual shifting. It makes the person wearing them conscious about the fact that they have false teeth.
Introducing full denture implants
Full denture implants are a hybrid of implants and dentures. It pools the affordability of dentures with the bone-preserving benefits and permanent nature of implants. During the installation of these prosthetics, the dentist inserts implants into both sides of the patient's jaw. The implants are then left to fuse with the bone tissue holding them in place. It can take up to six months for this process — called osseointegration — to take place. Once the implants fuse with the jawbone, the dentist attaches the dentures to them. The dentures are typically permanent, so they do not come out unless a dentist removes them.
Comparing traditional dentures to full denture implants
As was mentioned earlier, implant-supported dentures have many advantages over their conventional counterparts. These include:
- No more tiresome cleaning of dentures. Full denture implants only need to be cleaned like real teeth. Brushing and flossing are all that is necessary, unlike traditional dentures which need to be taken out, cleaned with a brush and soaked in denture solution every night. That long routine can quickly become tiresome
- Implant-supported dentures preserve bone tissue. The implants continue to stimulate the jaw anytime the wearer uses their artificial teeth. This prevents bone tissue loss which is usually a side effect of losing a tooth
- Implant-supported dentures are permanent. There is no slippage with them, nor a need to use awful tasting dental adhesives to hold them in place
- It is possible to forget implant dentures are artificial. Since they do not move around and only requires brushing and flossing for maintenance, the patient does not have to add anything new to their daily routine
- It is a lot more affordable than getting an implant for each missing tooth, but still provides most of the benefits
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