It can be argued that tooth loss is inevitable for many people, thanks to a number of unavoidable factors like old age and consumption of acidic foods. However, this doesn’t wash away the fact that missing teeth aren’t just ugly to look it, they are also highly inconvenient and can be detrimental to health. There are a number of ways to replace missing teeth, but the American Academy of Periodontology recommends denture implants as a solution that should definitely be considered.
People might confuse denture implants with dental implants, which is understandable considering both tooth replacement techniques are very similar. Simply put, denture implants are dental implants that are used to support of a set of dentures, instead of individual crowns.
Denture implants can thus serve to replace an entire row of missing teeth, while dental implants can replace individual teeth. Dental offices, like Dentures Done Right, can install partial or full dentures. Patients can continue to use their existing dentures with the implants, or have new dentures made.
There are at least two types of denture implants currently available. Bar-retained dentures are fitted to a thin strip of metal, which in turn is attached to the implants in the jawbone. Ball-retained dentures, on the other hand, make use of tiny studs at the end of the implants, which then fit metal sockets found on the dentures. One of the benefits of these revolutionary mini-implants is that they do not require surgery, unlike traditional dental implants. The dentist just needs to drill a small hole on the gum to fit the implant.
Unlike traditional dentures, durable denture implants can function very much like real teeth, which helps restore users’ full oral digestive functions. Also, because of the permanent nature of the implants, there are less chances of the dentures coming loose or falling off. Denture implants also protect the gums from deterioration, which often results from prolonged use of traditional dentures.
(Source: Full Mouth Dental Implants, American Academy of Periodontology)