If you or someone you know has lost most or all of their teeth on a single dental ridge, then you’re probably familiar with the necessity of dentures. Unfortunately, you may also realize that even today’s lifelike dentures aren’t flawless. Long-time denture wearers agree that their prostheses would be more effective if they didn’t lost their grip all of the time and require remeasuring and readjustment. With dental implants supporting your denture, however, the common complaint of denture slippage can be a thing of the past.
Dentures and Dental Implants
Dental implants are small posts, shaped to mimic your tooth’s root, that are surgically inserted into your jawbone, acting as an anchor for your dentures once your jaw has healed. Compared to the traditional, custom-designed, gum-colored plastic base of traditional dentures, implants offer a number of advantages, some of which may not even be immediately noticeable.
Since implants provide a base underneath your gum line and embedded in your jawbone, your implant-supported dentures will be held in place as securely as your healthy natural teeth are to their roots. Unlike a plastic base attached to your gums’ surface with adhesive, implants provide no opportunity for your dentures to slide around.
Restoring your teeth is essential to maintaining your ability to speak and chew, but securing those replacement teeth to prosthetic tooth roots can provide the same sturdiness and stability that your healthy natural teeth enjoy. Also, by replacing your teeth’s roots, dental implants can provide stimulation when you bite and chew, which is essential to your jawbone’s health.
An insecure base contributes to denture slippage, but the main cause lies within your own oral health, not the appliance itself. Your teeth’s roots facilitate the nutrient supply to your jaw through stimulation when you bite and chew, keeping your jaw healthy enough to support the teeth that it holds. When the roots are lost, so is the stimulation, and your jawbone begins to deteriorate from the nutrient deficiency. Overtime, jawbone deterioration can change the shape of your dental ridges, turning your custom-fitted dentures into poorly-fitting dentures. Dental implants restore your roots and their stimulation, helping preserve your smile’s health for the long-haul.
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