Denture implants are the most common type of implant used for replacing missing teeth. It is usually the most economical option for replacing missing teeth and can also be the simplest to place. They offer good oral health, but their limitations include: They are not a substitute for healthy teeth. Denture implants cannot support the full extent of the replacement tooth. They cannot be used for cosmetic reasons or for extending denture.
Denture Implants have been around since the 1950’s, and they are made of a silicone elastomer that is designed to slip into the gums. An impression of your tooth is taken, and the implant-filled region is surgically placed into the gums. It is important to note that denture implants are different than dental implants, in that the tooth is not actually “placed in the gum” by the dental implant, but is supported by the implant-supported gum tissue. Denture implants are generally used for cosmetic reasons only, and they can be removed, if desired. Denture Implants are typically the most comfortable way to replace a tooth and are the most suitable alternative to bridges and dentures.
The primary drawback of denture implants compared to other options is the fact that they require surgery to place, support and secure them. Also, because of the significant amount of work required to place them, denture implants are more expensive than other options, such as dentures. Furthermore, denture implants are more difficult to maintain over time due to the regular removal of dentures. Some dental implant prosthodontics are also more complex and expensive.
Snap-on Dentures are denture implants that come pre-built with the jawbones (or gum) that is surgically attached to the end of each of the dentures. Snap-on dentures can be used to replace one or more teeth in a single procedure, or can be used to restore a full set of teeth after a single procedure. Because it is surgically attached to the end of the denture, snaps onto the tooth just like a tooth pin. It is recommended for patients that have healthy gums that can support the shape and size of a snap-on denture.
The newest version of denture implants available to patients are known as the GPA or Graphite Scaffold System. GPA is comprised of a series of molded steel rods that are used to support the entire denture as well as secure it in place with the cement. Unlike snaps onto the tooth, GPA denture implants are considered long-lasting and provide a natural looking finish. Long-lasting GPA denture implants require the use of long-lasting, heat and moisture resistant denture cement and a professional dentist’s approval.
Denture implants are a popular option for those who are missing one or more teeth. Dental implants offer the same appearance and comfort that an intact, bolted denture would provide, but are less expensive than a custom-made appliance. With advancements in dental technology and a long list of qualified dentists offering these implants, there is no reason to be concerned with your oral health or your budget.