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Our Denture Blog

The Difference Between Dental Implants & Implant Dentures

senior denture patient smiling with new dentures

When looking to replace missing teeth, you have a few options. From Traditional removable dentures to Implant dentures, there is a type of prosthetic for everyone.

If left untreated, missing teeth could lead to major oral health complications, including gum disease and malocclusion. The empty cavity left behind invites harmful bacteria to grow and causes infections to the remaining tissue and bone.

In the past, the only option for replacing lost teeth was to get a set of dentures that needs to be removed every night.

However, the invention of new technology has provided us with innovative and more advanced solutions.

Patients no longer have to worry or feel self-conscious about their dentures falling out at inappropriate times or pinching their gums.

What Are Dental Implants?

When teeth fall out or are extracted, the entire tooth including the root is removed.

dental implants shown on model teeth

Dental implants take the place of a lost root, acting as an anchor for artificial teeth whether in the form of Bridges, Crowns, or Implant dentures.

The root plays an essential role in keeping the tooth attached to the jawbone while also keeping it healthy. Without the support provided by the implant, the jawbone will gradually break down and be dispersed into your circulatory system through the process called resorption.

This device is a permanent and effective solution for people with missing teeth who don’t want to deal with the hassle of constantly removing and inserting a set of dentures.

What Are Implant Dentures?

Dental implants fuse with the bone in your mouth to create an anchor for the Implant dentures.

Some of the main complaints surrounding Conventional dentures are that they can pinch the gums, cause ulcers, and become loose due to denture movement during function. With Implant dentures, those worries are put to rest.

implant dentures shown with dental implant screws in jaw bone

The prosthetic is placed on top of the Implant dentures, which secures them into place. The added stability increases function and allows wearers to resume regular activities. In addition, the jaw bone is preserved and stimulated from the artificial teeth, helping to maintain the integrity of your face’s shape.

Implant dentures come in three different types: Removable, Removable Bar Retained, and Fixed.

As the name suggests, removable Implant dentures are attached to the Dental implant and can be taken off without the need for professional help.

Bar retained dentures consist of a thin titanium rod that is attached to the Dental implant and acts as the foundation for the denture. This option is mainly for patients wanting the full functionality of permanent Implant dentures while also having the choice to remove them if they wish.

Fixed implant dentures are a permanent solution for missing teeth as the denture is directly attached to the Dental implant. This option is the closest thing a patient can get to achieving natural teeth, and it can only be removed by a dental professional.

Implant Dentures in Ottawa

Feeling self-conscious about your missing teeth?

Implant dentures offer the perfect solution for anyone looking to replace their lost teeth with a natural-looking and fully functional prosthetic. You’ll be able to get back to enjoying all the foods you like in no time.

Our denturists combine their expertise with the latest denture technology to provide you with the best results possible. We’d be happy to walk you through the different denture options available to find the right fit for you.

Reach out to us to learn more about Implant dentures and book your consultation today.