One of the more frequently asked questions about implant supported dentures is in regard to their strength and durability. Implant supported dentures involve a screw-like post that is placed into the jaw to serve as the root of the dentures, and they are considered more durable than traditional dentures.
The long-term reliability of implant supported dentures
The durability of implant supported dentures depends largely on how well they are cared for. However, understanding the expected lifespan of implant supported dentures and how to care for them properly is helpful to know before treatment begins.
The definition of implant supported dentures
Implant supported dentures are dentures that are supported by dental implants. They are similar to traditional dentures in the sense that they are used to replace multiple teeth or an entire row of teeth, but they are more similar to natural teeth than traditional dentures because they are not removable. The three components of implant supported dentures are implants, abutments and dentures. The placement process involves a minor surgical procedure to place the dental implant and a follow-up visit after the mouth heals to place the abutment and replacement teeth (partial or full dentures).
Reviewing the strength and durability of implant supported dentures
Implant supported dentures are far more durable than traditional dentures. This can be attributed to the dental implants, which support the dentures and ensure that they are permanently fixed inside the mouth. The implant is made of a titanium alloy material that fuses with the jawbone through a process known as osseointegration. The dentures are also incredibly durable and can resist pressure even when chewing tough foods.
The expected lifespan of implant supported dentures
The life expectancy of implant supported dentures depends on a range of factors, including how well the patient cares for their new teeth at home and how often they visit the dentist for check-up visits. On average, patients can expect their new implant supported dentures to last between 15 and 20 years before they need to be repaired or replaced. In fact, it is not uncommon for patients to wear the dentures for up to 25 years with good oral hygiene and a proper diet.
How to make implant supported dentures last longer
Implant supported dentures are durable, but they are still vulnerable to early wear and tear and more serious concerns if the patient does not care for their oral health properly. Brushing two to three times a day and flossing can help prevent periodontal disease and other issues that may affect the strength and security of implant supported dentures. There are also certain foods that should be limited, such as those high in sugar and other carbohydrates, which can be detrimental to oral health.
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