One drawback of dentures, whether they are full or partial dentures, is the tendency of the appliance to lose its fit over time. This occurs because the shape of the jaw changes after tooth loss. When the teeth’s roots are no longer available to serve as anchors, the jawbone wears away over time.
When an oral surgeon places dental implants in a patient’s jaw, however, that jawbone resorption is halted. The implants serve as artificial teeth roots and hold the bone in place.
This is why dentures or partial dentures that are supported by dental implants tend to be much more stable than conventional appliances. The implants hold the jaw in place and its shape remains constant. Consequently, the denture will keep its fit. [pullquote]…dentures or partial dentures that are supported by dental implants tend to be much more stable than conventional appliances. [/pullquote]
Before pursuing dental implants, though, patients should be thoroughly evaluated to make sure that they have adequate bone to support the osseointegration process in which the bone forms a bond with the titanium.
That process provides the foundation of dental implants’ stability, but if there is not a sufficient amount of bone present, implant failure can ultimately result.
Unfortunately, patients who delay implant placement for an extended period of time after tooth loss, such as long-term denture wearers, may find that extensive bone loss disqualifies them from being candidates for dental implant placement.
In such cases, patients may undergo a bone graft to make them more suitable for dental implant placement. An oral surgeon can perform this initial procedure to take bone from elsewhere in the body (or other sources of donor bone material) and insert it at the implant site. After the patient has healed sufficiently from the bone graft, the oral surgeon can then proceed with dental implant placement.
Dental implants have a number of advantages over alternatives like dentures and partial dentures, and one of those is stability. To learn more about the benefits of implant-supported dentures, discuss this treatment option with our experienced team at EverSmile and explore if your case is appropriate for dental implants. Call 214-234-9143 to schedule your consultation today.