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Generations have depended on dentures to effectively and affordably replace lost teeth. But they do have a major weakness: They contribute to jawbone loss that creates not only mouth and facial problems, but can also ruin a denture’s fit.
Bone loss is a normal consequence of losing teeth. The biting forces normally generated when we chew stimulate new bone to replace older bone. When a tooth is missing, however, so is that chewing stimulation. This can slow bone replacement growth and gradually decrease the density and volume of affected bone.
While dentures can restore dental appearance and function, they can’t restore this growth stimulation. What’s worse, the pressure of the dentures against the gum-covered jaw ridge they rest upon may irritate the underlying bone and accelerate loss.
But there is a solution to the problem of denture-related bone loss: an implant-supported denture. Rather than obtaining its major support from the gum ridges, this new type of denture is secured by strategically-placed implants that connect with it.
Besides the enhanced support they can provide to a denture restoration, implants can also deter bone loss. This is because of the special affinity bone cells have with an implant’s imbedded titanium post. The gradual growth of bone on and around the implant surface not only boosts the implant’s strength and durability, it can also improve bone health.
There are two types of implant-supported dentures. One is a removable appliance that connects with implants installed in the jaw (three or more for the upper jaw or as few as two in the lower). It may also be possible to retrofit existing dentures to connect with implants.
The other type is a fixed appliance a dentist permanently installs by screwing it into anywhere from four and six implants. The fixed implant-supported denture is closer to the feel of real teeth (you’ll brush and floss normally), but it’s usually more costly than the removable implant-supported denture.
While more expensive than traditional ones, implant-supported dentures still cost less than other restorations like individual implant tooth replacements. They may also help deter bone loss, which may lead to a longer lasting fit with the dentures. Visit your dentist for an evaluation of your dental condition to see if you’re a good candidate for this advanced form of dental restoration.
If you would like more information on implant-supported dentures, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Overdentures & Fixed Dentures.”
What your dentist in Chicago wants you to know
Have you been told you need a denture? Have you been wearing the same denture for a long time? If you answered yes to either of these questions, it’s time to learn more about your denture options. Today’s dentures look natural, fit well, and restore your smile and chewing ability. Dr. Ademola Adekola Jr. at More Smiles of Beverly in Chicago, IL, offers dentures that could help you.
Your smile is your most important asset, and what people first notice about you. The right denture can give you a beautiful smile that you can be proud of, restoring your self-esteem. Having a complete set of teeth allows you to retain full chewing function, which helps to maintain your overall health. The right denture can help your life.
At More Smiles of Beverly, you can choose from a few types of dentures, each with their own benefits. Consider:
- An immediate denture if you want a new smile immediately; this denture is placed right after teeth are removed, and then a more permanent denture is created after your tissue has healed completely.
- A conventional denture if you only want to get used to wearing one denture; this denture is created after your tissue has healed completely, typically within 6 to 8 weeks.
- An implant-supported denture if you want maximum support and bone conservation; this denture, known as an overdenture, is snapped in place over implants or existing tooth roots.
- A partial denture if you only need to replace a few teeth and not an entire arch; partial dentures come in 2 basic types:
- A transitional partial denture is a great choice if you eventually plan to have implants placed. Transitional partials are less durable than conventional partials and are meant as temporary tooth replacement while you are waiting for implants.
- A conventional partial denture is the choice to make if you don’t want implants. Conventional partials are meant as a permanent tooth replacement solution and are sturdy and meant to last.
For more detailed information about dentures, please visit the Dentures section on the website at http://www.moresmilesofbeverly.com/dentures.html
It’s time to discuss your denture options with an expert. It’s time to call Dr. Adekola at More Smiles of Beverly in Chicago, IL. Don’t wait to get the smile you deserve. Call today!