Do you wear dentures? Do they sometimes slip and slide around your mouth? If so, you may fear that your sliding dentures will lead to embarrassment on a daily basis. Thankfully, dentures can be stabilized once and for all with dental implants. These titanium devices are inserted into the jawbone, from which point they can act as anchors to hold dentures firmly in position. When supported by dental implants, dentures are often referred to as implant-secured or implant-supported dentures. Below, your Des Moines dentist shares four benefits of implant-supported dentures.
Benefits of Implant-Supported Dentures
- Improved speech. When dentures move around the mouth, the facial muscles tense in an effort to keep them in place. Unfortunately, the muscular effort comes at the expense of clear speech. Denture patients sometimes mumble and slur their words, causing them embarrassment. However, when dentures are secured with dental implants, the dentures become completely stable, allowing the facial muscles to relax for clearer speech.
- Improved sense of taste. Patients who elect to receive implant-supported dentures also experience an improved sense of taste because the palate does not have to be covered once dentures are supported by dental implants.
- A more natural feel. Traditional dentures rely on suction to remain in place, and they rest on the gums, the result being prosthetic teeth that feel a bit unnatural. Implant-supported dentures improve this problem. Because the dental implants are fused with the jawbone, it is the jawbone that supports the prosthetic teeth. Therefore, implant-supported dentures feel more natural because they, like natural teeth, are held in place by the jawbone and not the gums.
- An expanded menu. In addition to an improved sense of taste, patients with implant-supported dentures get the benefit of an expanded dining menu. The dental implants can hold the dentures firmly in place, even when patients eat tough foods like apples and steaks.
Implant-Supported Dentures from Your Des Moines Dentist
Are you tired of dealing with slipping dentures? Contact your Des Moines dentist, Dr. Johnson, today to schedule an appointment or a consultation by calling our 50266 dentist office at 515-223-9764. We welcome patients from West Des Moines, Waukee, Clive, and nearby Des Moines metro communities.