The major benefits of having dentures held in place by implants (particularly lowers), is that it enables the wearer to chew their food properly. This in turn aids in the general health and well being of our ageing population, improving dietary and nutritional benefits with an improved quality of life. Other benefits are improved self confidence, stability during eating, increased chewing force, reduced tissue irritations and decreased bone loss.
There are several ways your natural teeth can be replaced using Dental implants. Removable Overdentures, (full or partial), Fixed Bridges (full or partial), single tooth implants with crowns, or a combination of the above.
Removable Overdentures involve implants being placed into the jawbone by a Surgeon. Two placed in the lower jaw is standard treatment and are often enough to secure your lower denture. Four are even better, as the denture is fully supported by implants rather than the soft tissue, preventing the denture from lifting a little at the back. Removable Overdentures enable the wearer to remove and replace the dentures, for ease of cleaning and maintenance.
Full Fixed Bridges are an arch of artificial teeth fixed on four or more implants that have been surgically placed into your jaw/s. This is a very expensive option. With less back teeth to chew on, it can increase the wear of the teeth reducing their life span.
As the back teeth wear, excessive pressure is placed on the front teeth, sometimes causing teeth to break off. When this happens, the bridge often needs to be removed by your Dental Surgeon, repaired and replaced at considerable expense.
The teeth on these fixed bridges still wear like any other denture teeth (unless ceramic), so will still need to be replaced on a regular basis. This proves to be very expensive over the coming years, with any reduction in patients expendable income, can make this unaffordable later in life.
Also hygiene is more difficult to maintain, as they generally sit on your gums making it difficult to clean between your tissue and the bridge.