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How Implants Can Improve Dentures

Do you already have a denture but have problems eating properly? Are you noticing emerging aesthetic problems like facial sagging? Dental implants can help you restore the full function of your smile. While dentures restore the appearance of teeth, they do not fully support the smile. We offer denture implants in Fayetteville, AR, for patients who need to support their teeth and gums for improved health and function.

How Implants Can Improve Dentures

Denture Implants in Fayetteville, AR

Here we will compare traditional removable dentures and implant-supported dentures. While regular dentures address the smile’s aesthetics, implant-secured dentures can provide more benefits for patients:

Removable Dentures

Typically, removable dentures are fixed in place with adhesive and lay on top of the gums. Traditional removable dentures:

  • Restore Tooth Appearance: Dentures replace missing teeth with false teeth that look natural. Like other restorations, dentures improve the smile’s appearance by filling large gaps left by missing teeth. However, this does not always mean that the teeth are fully functional.
  • Have Dietary Restrictions: Removable dentures lay on the gums, making it difficult for patients to eat hard or crunchy foods. While patients may eat softer foods, they may have a more restricted diet because removable dentures do not fully support the bite.
  • Don’t Support Speech: Because removable dentures do not support false teeth at the root, they can make it more difficult for patients to speak clearly. Patients may not make “th” noises as clearly with dentures.
  • Don’t Support the Bones and Gums: Dentures lay on the gums, meaning they do not support the underlying bone or gum tissue. Removable dentures do not support the jaw bone and the gum tissue, often leading to bone recession and gum pain and recession.

Implant-Secured Dentures

Dental implants are made of titanium posts that a surgeon places in the jaw bone beneath the gums. Implants can:

  • Restore Tooth Appearance: Like traditional dentures, implant-secured dentures use false teeth made of high-quality, tooth-colored materials.
  • Improve the Bite: Dental implants provide more bite support by replacing teeth at the root. Patients with implant-supported restorations can bite and chew naturally and eat more foods they love with fewer restrictions.
  • Support Good Speech: Replacing missing teeth with implant-secured restorations allows patients to speak properly. Missing teeth affect “th” noises in particular, diminishing speech. With dental implant-supported dentures, patients can speak without their restoration impeding speech.
  • Improve Bone and Gum Health: Implant posts support the health of the gums and jaw bone beneath because they replace the tooth roots. Patients who lose permanent teeth also lose the support of their natural teeth and gums.

See the difference implants can make in your smile. Contact Greenway Dental Care for implant dentistry today at (479) 217-3178. You can also schedule a dental appointment with us online.