Anyone who has ever had to wear a denture understands how frustrating it is when the denture will not stay in place. Whether its poor tissue support or poorly fitting dentures, the transition from natural teeth to a removable set of teeth can be traumatic. The transition can take a long time and it is dependant upon the patients willingness to accept this change.
Due to increased popularity and more focus being placed on cosmetics in recent years, expectations for improved appearance and function can be high. Cosmetic dentistry plays a big part in proper restoration of patient’s smile, patient acceptance of the prosthesis, and ultimately satisfaction.
It is a fact that patients wearing full dentures do not have the same feel, taste, and ability to distinguish different texture while chewing as they did when they had their natural teeth. Patient’s diet often change as soft, starch-based food is easier to consume. This can affect patient’s overall health, and is one of the main reasons why patients will give up wearing dentures completely or wear them when needed.
Dental implants can reduce or even eliminate these acquired problems. With use of implants patients will adapt to the new prosthesis, which will allow them to function more comfortably. Denture stability obtained with the help of dental implants is exceptional. Fabrication of either a fixed bridge (which consists of multiple crowns that are permanently cemented), or a removable denture which is attached to implants can provide a great esthetic and functional alternative to conventional dentures. With increased stability and less plastic covering the tissue, patient comfort and taste is improved and the transition from natural teeth to implant supported teeth can be more comfortable.