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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.”
Perhaps you’ve heard the old saying: “Take care of your dentures and your dentures will take care of you.” Well, maybe it’s not that old—but it’s still a sensible notion. Maintaining your dentures by routinely cleaning them and having them checked for fit will improve their longevity.
There’s one other thing you should include on your maintenance routine—avoid wearing your dentures 24/7, especially while you sleep. This bad habit could lead to some unpleasant consequences.
For one, wearing dentures continuously can accelerate bone loss in the jaw that eventually causes your dentures to lose their comfortable fit. Bone loss is a natural consequence of tooth loss because the bone no longer receives the stimulation to grow transmitted by the teeth during chewing. Dentures can’t transmit this stimulus; what’s more, the pressure they place on the gums and underlying bony ridges could make bone loss worse. You can relieve this gum pressure at night by taking them out.
Dentures can also become a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi that cause disease, irritation and unpleasant mouth odors. Taking dentures out at night deprives these microorganisms of a prime opportunity to carry on business as usual—and it’s also a great time to clean your dentures. People who sleep with their dentures in their mouth are more likely to have gum or oral yeast infections and higher levels of proteins produced by white cells that increase inflammation. That could contribute to other diseases throughout the body.
Besides taking your dentures out at night, you should also practice other daily hygiene tasks. Remove your dentures after eating and rinse them with clean water. Brush your dentures daily with a soft-bristled brush and dish or antibacterial soap or dental cleanser (no toothpaste—it’s too abrasive for denture surfaces). Be sure you clean your gums and tongue every day too. When your dentures are out, store them in clean water or preferably an alkaline peroxide-based solution.
Removing your dentures at night and these other good habits will help extend the life and fit of your dentures. It could also help keep the rest of you healthy.
If you would like more information on denture care, 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 “Sleeping in Dentures: A Habit that Can Cause Health Problems.”
Traditional dentures can sometimes be more of a hassle than they are worth. With the chance of falling out while you eat or speak, traditional dentures could potentially put you in an embarrassing situation. However, this dental restoration is often the only choice for replacing an entire arch of teeth. Thankfully, implant-supported dentures eliminate the risk of the denture moving around or falling out, allowing you to rest easy in knowing that your teeth will stay in your mouth where they belong. Learn more about implant-supported dentures with help from Dr. N. Terry Fayad in Danvers, MA.
How do implant-supported dentures work?
Traditional dentures rest on the gums, relying on suction or gravity to hold the denture in place. Implant-supported dentures use dental implant technology to keep the denture in place. The implants, which your dentist surgically places into the jawbone beneath your gum tissue, integrate into the bone during the healing process. This integration allows the implant to become part of the mouth permanently and provides a sturdy foundation for the denture.
Are implant-supported dentures right for me?
Missing teeth cause the jawbone to break down and erode over time. Implants require enough bone to securely hold the implants in place. In some cases, your dentist may recommend bone grafts to replace the missing bone. Patients with severe cases of bone loss may need a different tooth replacement option. Additionally, good candidates for dental implants should have a strong commitment to their at-home oral care routine.
Implant Supported Dentures in Danvers, MA
There are two main types of implant-supported dentures: bar-retained dentures and ball-retained dentures. Bar-retained dentures use a metal bar which follows your mouth’s shape, held in place with several implants. The denture latches onto the bar using clasps. Ball-retained dentures also use several implants throughout the arch. However, instead of the metal bar used for bar-retained dentures, the implants support a ball-shaped attachment. The implant’s attachments fit inside of the denture’s sockets, snapping the denture into place.
For more information on implant-supported dentures, please contact Dr. Fayad in Danvers, MA. Call (978) 539-8932 to schedule your consultation for implant-supported dentures today!