Dental implant dentures are an alternative to traditional dentures for those looking to replace missing teeth. Like any dental solution, dental implant dentures have distinct pros and cons for patients to consider. But by permanently securing a full denture to the jawbone with dental implant dentures, you can gain greater convenience and comfort than is afforded by traditional dentures.
Pros of Dental Implant Dentures
The main advantages of dental implant dentures include:
Removable dentures often feel bulky inside of the mouth. Dental implant dentures are different. The upper palate isn’t covered by the denture, which removes much of the fixture’s bulk. Additionally, a dental implant denture won’t uncomfortably pop out of place while you’re chewing since it’s fastened to the jawbone.
Dental implant dentures don’t need to be removed and cleaned every day like regular dentures. The maintenance required for this type of permanent denture is minimal. You can simply maintain a dental implant denture like natural teeth, without the need for denture-cleaning solutions, creams, or adhesives.
Dental implant dentures are designed to look just like your natural teeth and remain fixed in place, so they appear far more like natural teeth than traditional dentures. Typically, people won’t know that you have dental implant dentures without being told.
Traditional dentures can pop out while you’re chewing food, so most patients have to think about not damaging their dentures while they’re chewing. With dental implant dentures, you won’t have this problem. Chewing with dental implant dentures feels like chewing with natural teeth.
Cons of Dental Implant Dentures
The drawbacks of dental implant dentures include:
Dental implant dentures come at a higher price than many other dental procedures. If you have dental insurance, you’ll likely still need to pay for some of the cost of the treatment.
Duration of treatment
Fusing dental implant dentures to the jawbone is a long process. You’ll need multiple appointments, likely over multiple months, to complete the dental implant denture procedure.
Some patients may require extra procedures before dental implant dentures, such as a bone graft or sinus lift. These procedures are only required for some patients to accommodate the fixture.
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