Are you unhappy with your dentures? Perhaps you’re tired of them moving when you eat and speak. There is a way to upgrade your dentures so that they stay in place even while you eat tough or fibrous foods. With dental implants, your dentures can function much more like biological teeth. Implant dentures offer both a natural looking aesthetic and ideal oral function.
How Implant Dentures Work
In the past, only the visible parts of teeth were replaceable. This was done with prosthetics like dentures or fixed bridges. While these prosthetics effectively fill in the gaps of an incomplete smile, they have limitations when it comes to restoring oral function. When dentures or bridges are anchored to dental implants, however, patients enjoy greater control and stability when eating.
Dental implants serve as artificial roots. These small, screw-shaped components are placed in the jawbone where the roots of teeth were. Over time, bone will fuse around dental implants to lock them in place, permanently. Dental implants feature abutments, which are used to connect to prosthetics like dentures.
Benefits of Implant Dentures
Implant dentures offer some unique advantages over conventional prosthetics. First, implants keep dentures locked in place. This means patients can enjoy life without dietary restrictions or have to struggle with messy denture adhesives.
Dental implants also help preserve bone mass in the jaw. When we lose teeth, we also lose bone because the roots of teeth are no longer present to keep bone active and stimulated. Since dental implants stimulate the jaw, patients can retain healthy bone mass and maintain a youthful appearance.
On top of contributing to premature aging, bone loss will affect the way dentures fit. It is common for patients to have to replace their dentures as they lose bone. Fortunately, implant dentures can last far longer because dental implants preserve bone.
No one should have to suffer with an incomplete smile. If you have questions about your tooth replacement options, call the office of John Morris, DDS, to schedule a consultation with our implant dentist.