Implant-Supported Dentures: Myths To Eliminate

24 April 2020
 Categories: Dentist, Blog

For much of the edentulous population, dentures are the go-to choice for smile replacement and to restored chewing power. As good as dentures can be, they can also come along with their fair share of problems. Some people have dentures that don't fit well, don't stay seated, or require denture adhesive. Dental implants can be surgically installed to help provide support for dentures, but there are many myths about this treatment. 

Myth: You always have to get new dentures along with the implants. 

Dentures can be expensive, so it is understandable to be concerned about having to pay for replacements that work with implants. You do not always have to get new dentures when you get implants to support them; it will depend on what kind of dentures you have, how they are made, and whether they can be adjusted so they can attach to the implants after they are installed. Some people are capable of using their own dentures while others may need a new set. 

Myth: Most people are not good candidates for dental implants for denture support.

On the contrary, a lot of people are good candidates for dental implants to support their dentures. The procedure can usually only be done if a patient has generally good overall health and oral health, but many patients who wear dentures do fit these criteria. 

Myth: The implants have to be replaced every few years. 

Just like ordinary dental implants, implants used for denture support have the potential to last a lifetime with the proper care. You may even need your dentures replaced before you ever have any issues with the implants themselves. 

Myth: Implant-supported dentures are less comfortable than just dentures. 

It can take a slight adjustment period to get used to the implants after they are placed. Your mouth will go through a healing period and that can take some time. However, once your mouth is healing, you will barely know the implants are in your jaw until you remove your dentures and take a look. The dentures will stay more firmly in place and give you greater chewing and speaking power as well. 

Talk to a Dentist About Implant-Supported Dentures 

For someone who has relied on dentures they've not been happy with, adding dental implants for support can be life-changing. Reach out to a cosmetic dentist in your area to find out more about implant-supported dentures, how they work, and whether you are a good candidate. 

For more information, contact a professional who provides dental implant procedures