Dentures have several downsides that make them an unpopular but necessary oral appliance for replacing teeth. Conventional dentures, especially lower dentures, slip out easily at times. And to ensure they stay in, you need to use denture adhesive, which can be messy. Fortunately, denture implants or implant-supported dentures, are more convenient and comfortable than conventional dentures. 

Supporting your dentures with dental implants will make your life easier. If you have yet to learn about implant-supported dentures, here are six important facts.

1. Denture implants preserve your jawbone   

The dental implants that support implant-supported dentures gradually integrate with your jawbone as part of the healing process. By the time integration is complete, the dental implants will be firmly embedded in your jawbone, much like natural teeth. And, like natural teeth, dental implants prevent bone loss occurring in the jawbone. Conventional dentures don't prevent bone loss.

2. Denture implants are suitable for patients with bone loss

Even if you have suffered some bone loss, denture implants are still a possibility. Because implant-supported dentures use only 2-4 dental implants in most cases, less bone is required to hold them in place. And even if you have suffered severe bone loss, bone grafting can restore that lost bone to ensure there is enough bone to place dental implants.

3. Denture implants can be removable or fixed

You can choose from removable or fixed dentures. Removable implant-supported dentures are easier to clean, and they won't slip out once you replace them. Fixed dentures look and feel just like natural teeth.

4. Denture implants need several months to heal

Dental implants take several months to integrate with your jawbone. Once they have integrated with your jawbone, your dentist will place a denture onto them.

5. Denture implant dentures are custom made

While your dental implants heal, your dentist will create your dentures in their dental office. Because the dentures are custom-made to fit your jaw, they look natural and fit comfortably.

6. Denture implant dentures won't slip out

One of the biggest concerns that patients have with typical dentures is that they slip out sometimes, especially when patients speak or eat. Since implant-supported dentures attach to dental implants, they don't slip out and cause embarrassment. If you like eating steak or singing, then denture implants are ideal for you.

Implant-supported dentures are more comfortable, convenient and natural-looking than traditional dentures. If you have had enough of having no teeth or having to use denture adhesive to support your dentures, then implant-supported dentures may be right for you.

Speak to your dentist to learn more about denture implants.