Monday, 14 February 2011 21:20

Dental implants provide several advantages when used to anchor implant-supported full bridges and implant-supported dentures.  Implants prevent bone loss by transmitting load forces during the chewing process down into the jawbone.  The jawbone reacts to this loading by increasing the bone density.  Implants are well known in their ability to stop bone loss.

An implant-supported denture is a type of overdenture that is supported by and attached to implants, while a conventional denture rests on the gums.  An implant-supported denture is used when a person doesn’t have any teeth in the jaw, but has enough bone in the jaw to support implants. Special attachments are used to snap the denture onto the implants.  With conventional dentures, the bone that previously surrounded the tooth roots begins to resorb(deteriorate). Over time, the dental ridges required to support a conventional denture will shrink, creating a problem with regards to retention and stability of the denture.  Dental implants integrate with your jawbone, helping to keep the bone healthy and intact.

Implant supported full bridges and dentures are more comfortable and stable than conventional dentures, allowing patients to retain a more natural biting and chewing capacity.  This often results in improved nutrition in many patients.



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