Tooth loss is an important matter regardless of the number of teeth that are no longer present in the mouth. The team at Broadway Family Dentistry understands, and we put our best into recreating optimal structure as needed. In many cases, we recommend that denture wearers, or those who are facing dentures, consider adding dental implants into their future smile. Dentures and dental implants are both referred to as tooth-replacement options; but their differences make them the perfect pairing; best friends for life.
How Dentures and Implants Coexist
The best way that we can explain the relationship between dentures and dental implants is to say that it is the same relationship shared by your natural teeth and their roots. In the natural scenario, roots tether every tooth to the jawbone. Roots also send vibrations through the periodontal ligament into the bone, which signals the body to regenerate new tissue. In the denture-implant scenario, tiny titanium posts stand in for roots; they secure dentures into place and continue to provide the jawbone with the necessary stimulation to regrow rather than resorb.
Benefits of Implant Supported Dentures
There are a few notable reasons that patients appreciate the support gained from a few well-placed dental implants:
- Optimal confidence through ultimate functionality. When you chew and speak and smile with your natural teeth, you feel confident. Nothing should slide out of place or fall out. Securing dentures to a few implants achieves the stability that is needed to assure your conversations and meals do not end with self-consciousness or embarrassment.
- Natural look, natural feel. One of the downfalls to dentures is that the smile tends to look artificial. This may have been the case years ago, but not so much anymore. We put a great deal of time and effort into the creation of authentic looking false teeth; teeth that look just like your own. When this is coupled with the placement of dental implants, the only thing better than the look of your smile is the structural security you enjoy when you use your new teeth.
- Long-term facial support. Teeth support lips, and the jawbone supports facial structure. Because implants retain the foundation of bone, the face experiences far less, if any, of the usual signs of denture wear, such as sunken lips.
Learn more about implant-supported dentures when you visit our Minot family dentistry practice. Call (701) 839-1299.