Tooth loss is bad enough, but when the dentures that replace those teeth lose their fit, it compounds the problem.
As time passes, dentures often become looser as the shape of the jaw changes. In the absence of teeth’s roots to hold it in place, the bone wears away, changing the jaw’s contour. A denture is fitted to the jaw’s original shape, but the denture cannot change shape as the jaw does.
Patients who find that their dentures have become less secure can have their appliances re-lined, but eventually the jaw’s shape changes so dramatically that the appliance must be replaced.
Dental implants present an alternative to patients looking for a more permanent solution to loose dentures.
An oral surgeon places the titanium implants into the jaw, and then they fuse with the bone, forming a reliable link between the appliance and the jaw. The prosthetic arch has strategically placed holes that allow it to slide over the implants.
Some patients opt for dental implants as soon as they find out they need dentures, but others may postpone this treatment. While putting off implant placement can result in bone loss, patients with jawbone erosion can still qualify for dental implants with a technique known as All-on-4.
This procedure uses just four dental implants to support an entire prosthetic arch. Bone material wears away more quickly at the rear of the jaw, so All-on-4 implants are placed at the front of the jaw, where more quality bone is available to support osseointegration.
Dental implants offer stability and durability to denture wearers accustomed to having their appliances adjusted on a regular basis. Additionally, implant-supported dentures tend to be more effective at chewing, meaning that most patients won’t have to give up their favorite foods (within reason, of course).
Dental implants can be valuable for patients who have problems with loose dentures. Schedule a consultation with our team of oral surgeons to learn more about the benefits of these devices.