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How to Switch From Regular Dentures to Implant-Supported (Hybrid) Dentures

For centuries, conventional dentures were the only option available for people with a whole row of missing teeth. Although this method is an improvement over having no teeth at all, ill-fitting dentures remained a challenge for many individuals. Getting dentures made by a prosthodontist could help decrease the odds of an improper fit, as these dental professionals specialize in creating dental prostheses that fit well in the mouth. But even with a good fit, some patient find they prefer the security and confidence that comes from implant-supported dentures.

Even the best fitting dentures run into the problem of adhesion. Historically, dentures relied on natural adhesion to stay in place, which proved to be extremely unreliable. These days people use denture adhesives, which are a slightly better solution than relying on the mouth’s natural adhesion. For some people a well-fitting denture with an adhesive is all they want, but increasingly there are denture users who want a more secure option.

As dental implants became more popular and effective, dentists discovered that they could use them to support dentures. This led to the development of implant supported dentures, which have now become a standard procedure, with multiple manufacturers now offering dental implant systems that are focused on supporting a denture on four or six implants. This provides patients with a solution that feels more secure and natural than conventional dentures.

If you are dissatisfied with your dentures or are looking for a more secure option, you may want to consider implant supported dentures. A prosthodontist can determine whether you are a candidate for this treatment and guide you through the process of having the dental implants placed and the dentures fixed to them. With proper care at the hands of a skilled prosthodontist, the implant supported dentures should look, feel, and function like natural teeth. If the circumstances are right, your existing denture may even be modified to be placed on the implants, making the transition smoother.

If you live near Burlington and are ready to transition to implant supported dentures, contact Colchester Dental Group to schedule a consultation. The prosthodontist at Colchester Dental Group will sit down with you to come up with a treatment plan that will help you regain your smile and confidence.

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