One of the classic bits in comedy is the image of dentures popping out in embarrassing situations. While I’ve laughed at several of those scenes, I would be far from amused if my teeth jumped out at their earliest convenience. With so many disadvantages, it’s no wonder that dentists and oral surgeons are starting to recommend a more modern approach to full-arch teeth replacement – Implant Retained Dentures.

Conventional Dentures

The conventional form of dentures involves a removable prosthetic device that functions as false teeth. It’s designed to assist with chewing, talking, and supporting the facial muscles and tissues of the mouth.

A partial denture is referred to as a dental bridge and attaches to the remaining teeth with a metal clasp or precision locator attachment, keeping the prosthetic in place.

A complete denture covers the entirety of the upper mouth and is secured through an airtight seal created by the suction between the denture and the mouth’s soft tissues. The full lower mouth denture can have more complications staying put since the shape of the lower jaw is much more active and doesn’t allow for the same tight seal the upper one has.

However, that’s just one of many problems surrounding conventional prosthodontics. Most people with standard dentures struggle to eat, sing, and be active. A lot of issues arise with the comfort and fit of removable prosthetics. Because there is an abundance of disadvantages, an increasing number of folks are choosing dental implants over traditional dentures.

What are Implant Retained Dentures?

These appliances use dental implants to create a permanent solution for missing teeth. Whereas traditional dentures require the prosthetic to be removed for cleaning, dental implants do not. A dental implant is a small titanium rod surgically placed into the jaw to hold an artificial tooth, bridge, or denture. With modern Implant Retained Dentures or All-On-4 dentures, it’s possible to receive a full arch prosthesis using only 4 implants.

How Do Implant Retained Dentures Compare to Traditional Dentures?

Dental implants have significant advantages over traditional dentures:

• Maintain stability even with little bone volume
• Increase flexibility
• Maintain jaw structure by stimulating bone growth
• Increase efficiency
• Remain stationary so you don’t even know it’s there
• Create a stronger bite so you can eat all your favorite foods
• Preserve the taste of food
• Prevent bone grafts from being necessary
• Require normal cleaning, just like natural teeth would
• Escape the irritation, inflammation, or sores ordinary dentures cause
• Go without repetitive expenses such as annoying adhesives or anesthetic gels
• Look natural and aesthetically pleasing

Talk With Your Dentist

Even if the old school versions of dentures are on the cheaper end of the spectrum, speak with your dentist or oral surgeon about taking the modern approach. They can help find a solution that works for you and your personal circumstances. The investment in confidence, self-esteem, and improved function that comes from having permanent, natural looking teeth is well worth it for many people.