Partial dentures are a great way to address tooth loss in patients who are not edentulous but have lost multiple teeth. Fortunately, today’s partial dentures can be secured with dental implants rather than the clasps that attach to the backs of teeth as found in traditional partials. Dental implants are prosthetics that are embedded into the jawbone so that they can stabilize dentures. An oral surgeon will place a series of dental implants in very specific locations so that they can support the force thrust upon dentures during oral function.
What makes up a dental implant?
A dental implant is a cylindrical component made of titanium. This metal is used because it is biocompatible, which means that bone will fuse to it over time to anchor it in place. It also means that the body will not reject the implant as it would a foreign object. Dental implants resemble a screw in a way because they have ridges and gradually become wider on one end.
Why secure dentures to implants?
Securing dentures to dental implants is one way to improve oral function by increasing their stability. Since dental implants are embedded into the jaw, they will eliminate the unwanted movement of dentures that many people experience. Traditional partials clasp on to the backs of teeth to stay in place but they can move if patients eat tough or chewy foods. Dentures can also become ill fitting over time because patients with tooth loss will lose bone due to atrophy. Fortunately, dental implants can help with preserving bone by keeping it active and stimulated.
If you are interested in learning more about dentures secured by dental implants, we invite you to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled oral surgeons. During your visit, we will answer your questions and perform an oral examination to determine if this treatment meets your needs. Contact our team at EverSmile today to reserve your appointment.