16 Apr Dentures or Implant Supported Bridges?
The only way to replace an entire row of teeth is with a denture, or an implant-supported denture. But what if you’re only missing a few teeth from your upper or lower arch? The traditional treatment option is to get a partial denture. Unfortunately, while you can support a full arch denture on implants, there’s no such option for partial dentures.
Luckily, however, there are implant-supported bridges. Functionally they’re similar in that they replace several teeth rather than a whole arch. But they’re also very different in terms of effectiveness.
Here are 3 reasons to consider implant-supported bridges over partial dentures.
Partial dentures are often anchored into place with metal rings that sit over surrounding healthy teeth. Implant-supported bridges are kept in place by titanium screws that have been fused to the jaw bone through natural processes.
Suffice to say, one provides much better support than the other.
Since the implants are effectively artificial tooth roots, they give the dental bridge the same foundation as a natural tooth. The partial denture, on the other hand, sits over gum and is only holding on to teeth above the gum line.
More than that, the implants themselves support more than just the bridge. They also help to maintain bone volume in the jawbone. This prevents the jaw bone shrinking down and deforming the rest of the jaw around it.
Dentures can move and dislodge. Simply put, this isn’t a very natural feel inside your mouth. You’re used to your teeth being rooted to the spot, and when you feel a denture sliding over gum and teeth it can be very unpleasant.
Because implants anchor a bridge in place, there’s no sliding, slipping, or grinding over soft tissue. Not only does this prevent mishaps in the future, but it means there’s a lot less time necessary to get used to them. Dentures have adjustment periods that can last weeks. Implant-supported bridges can feel right at home in just days.
Dentures need to be replaced every 5-7 years. They also require special cleaning instructions to ensure they’re hygienic and safe.
Not only can this be a bit of a nuisance, it also doesn’t help people forget that they have missing teeth. For many, this constant reminder can impact their quality of life.
Implant-supported bridges, on the other hand, require no special maintenance. All you need to do is brush and floss your teeth just like you would your natural teeth. With proper care, the bridge can last several decades, if not more. The implant itself can last the rest of your life with proper oral hygiene.