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A Cosmetic Dentist Answers: Are Implant-Supported Dentures Permanent?
Cosmetic dentists recommend implant-supported dentures to patients who need the majority of their natural teeth replaced. It is a long-term solution that restores the look, feels and function of the patient’s smile. In most instances, these dentures last more than 15 years before needing to be repaired or replaced.
An overview of implant-supported dentures
It is helpful to have a complete understanding of implant-supported dentures when patients are determining if this option is right for them. The following provides important information about this restoration option, including how long the dentures and implants should last with proper care.
What are implant-supported dentures?
Implant-supported dentures are complete or partial dentures that are placed upon and supported by dental implants. Traditional dentures are supported by the gums alone, and they do not specifically attach to anything that holds them in place. With implant-supported dentures, an implant is placed into or on the jawbone, and an abutment attaches to the implant. The dentures are then placed on the implant, which provides a strong, secure hold. Implant-supported bridges are sometimes used to replace a single tooth or a small section of missing teeth, but they most commonly replace an entire row of missing teeth thanks to the placement of four strategically arranged implants.
How long do implant-supported dentures last?
There are many factors that affect the length of time implant-supported dentures last, including how well the implants and dentures are cared for, the overall oral health of the patient, dietary choices and more. In general, implant-supported dentures typically last between 15 and 25 years. In most instances, implant-supported dentures are removable, so it is essential for the patient to keep them clean and avoid damage at all times.
When should patients consider implant-supported dentures?
These dentures are typically most recommended for patients who have lost or have suffered serious damage to the majority if not all of their teeth on either the bottom or top row of teeth. In this instance, a procedure referred to as “all-on-4” may be performed, which involves the placement of four dental implants that the dentures attach to and serve to support an entire row of well-functioning and natural-looking teeth. For a small section of missing teeth, cosmetic dentists often recommend implant-supported bridges, whereas a single missing tooth may only require a single dental implant.
What is life like with implant-supported dentures?
Many patients who choose implant-supported dentures are surprised by how much easier and more pleasant each day is. Patients may find they are more confident with their appearance and so become more willing to participate in social occasions. There are also functional and oral health benefits, such as preventing bone loss in the jaw where the missing teeth are located.
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