Am I a Candidate for Implant Supported Dentures?

Implant Supported Dentures Maitland, FL

When a person experiences tooth loss, there are several replacement options available to replace the teeth, one of which is implant supported dentures. These dentures differ from the traditional variety in that, instead of resting on the gums, the dentures are placed on four or more implant posts. There are several benefits to these types of dentures over the traditional kind.

Benefits of implant supported dentures

Dentures supported by implants provide many benefits that traditional dentures do not. For one, because this type of denture rests on the implants as opposed to the gums, it does not rub on the gum and cause sore spots. Each set of dentures is also fixed to the implants, which are embedded in the bone. As a result, these dentures stay in a patient's mouth for life, save for when the dentist removes them for cleaning. Additional benefits of this type of denture over traditional ones are as follows:

  • Excellent stability, as these dentures are anchored directly to the jawbone, just like natural teeth
  • Superior comfort, as these dentures do not rub on the gums or move around while the wearer is talking or chewing
  • Long-term oral health, as the implants provide jawbone stimulation, strengthen the jaw and prevent bone atrophy

Unlike traditional dentures, implanted supported dentures do not require regular adjustments to accommodate changes to the jaw bone's shape. Without this requirement, denture patients can save considerable time and money over the years.

Candidacy for implant supported dentures

Many people who are missing one or more teeth are viable candidates for this progressive treatment option. However, dentists do have minimum requirements for patients who want implant supported dentures.

Missing teeth is the most obvious requirement. Patients who are missing several teeth or a full arch of teeth may qualify for this treatment. The patient must also be in good general health, as certain types of diseases can delay the implant healing process. Viable candidates should have sufficient jawbone density and healthy gums, as both are necessary to support the implants. Finally, the right candidate is committed to achieving and maintaining a natural-looking and healthy smile, a commitment that may entail a strict oral hygiene regime and regular visits to the dentist.

Certain people would not make good candidates for dentures supported by implants. Pregnant women, those undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment for cancer and young people with undeveloped jawbones generally do not qualify for this tooth-replacement option. Nor would smokers or heavy drinkers, as smoking and alcohol hinder the mouth's ability to heal and reduces the likelihood of implant success. People with chronic health conditions or systematic problems such as hemophilia, uncontrolled diabetes, connective tissue disease or autoimmune disorders would also likely not qualify for implant supported dentures.


Implant supported dentures offer several life-changing benefits, including increased stability, improved comfort and longevity. For these reasons and more, if you are missing several teeth, discuss your candidacy for this treatment with a qualified dentist.

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