Pros and Cons of Implant-Supported Dentures
If you've lost most or all of your teeth to decay or trauma, you are probably interested in getting dentures to replace them. Dentures have come a long way in recent years and, thanks to implant technology, you no longer have to worry about them fitting awkwardly or shifting around in your mouth. Stabilized dentures can be a great option for people who need dentures, but want to avoid the inconvenience typically associated with them. Here are some things to know about implant-supported dentures.
Advantages of Stabilized Dentures
The most appealing aspect of implant-supported dentures is that they are permanently fitted into your mouth. Small titanium posts are surgically anchored into your jaw, and the denture snaps into place over them, securing them in place. This prevents the fixture from shifting around in your mouth, and helps them feel both secure and comfortable. Since the implants fuse to your jawbone, they help to prevent the bone loss that is typically associated with lost teeth and offer the same support as your natural teeth do.
You'll regain the look and feel of real teeth and never have to worry about the inconvenience of removing your dentures for cleaning and maintenance. For most people, all of these advantages are reason enough to choose stabilized dentures to restore their confidence in their smile.
Considerations Before Getting Implant-Supported Dentures
While there are many advantages to getting implant-supported dentures, they may not be for everybody and there are a few things you should consider before you decide if they are right for you.
Permanent, but Not Indestructible
Even though implants are considered a permanent restoration, they do experience natural wear and tear just like natural teeth. If you take good care of them, they will last many years, but crowns may wear out over time or even break and need to be replaced. This is no different than with natural teeth, but it's good to remember that no dental fixture is completely indestructible.
Surgery & Healing Time
It's important to consider the fact that dental implants require a minor surgical procedure and that there are several steps involved. You'll need to allow your mouth time to heal in between procedures, and the whole process usually involves three or four appointments spread out over several months. You'll complete the process with custom-fitted dentures that look and feel like real teeth, and most people feel that this commitment is well worth having a permanently restored smile.
Not Covered by Insurance
Even though this is normally considered a restorative procedure, your dental implants and dentures may not be covered by your dental insurance. It's always a good idea to check your individual coverage to get an estimate of the out-of-pocket costs and to plan ahead for how you will finance your procedure. However, the permanence and durability of implant-supported dentures make them a worthwhile investment in your oral health and appearance.
North Richland Hills Dentistry offers restorative procedures including partial and full dentures and implant stabilization. We also offer flexible financing options through CareCredit and Compassionate Financing, both of which allow you to make low monthly payments on the entire cost of your procedure. If you'd like to learn more about stabilized dentures and whether or not they are right for you, contact us today to schedule a consultation.