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Even in the 21st Century, losing most or all of your teeth is still an unfortunate possibility. Many in this circumstance turn to dentures, as their great-grandparents did, to restore their teeth. But today's dentures are much different from those of past generations—and dental implants are a big reason why.
The basic denture is made of a gum-colored, acrylic base with artificial teeth attached. The base is precisely made to fit snugly and comfortably on the patient's individual gum and jaw structure, as the bony ridges of the gums provide the overall support for the denture.
Implants improve on this through two possible approaches. A removable denture can be fitted with a metal frame that firmly connects with implants embedded in the jaw. Alternatively, a denture can be permanently attached to implants with screws. Each way has its pros and cons, but both have two decided advantages over traditional dentures.
First, because implants rather than the gums provide their main support, implant-denture hybrids are often more secure and comfortable than traditional dentures. As a result, patients may enjoy greater confidence while eating or speaking wearing an implant-based denture.
They may also improve bone health rather than diminish it like standard dentures. This is because the forces generated when chewing and eating travel from the teeth to the jawbone and stimulate new bone cell growth to replace older cells. We lose this stimulation when we lose teeth, leading to slower bone cell replacement and eventually less overall bone volume.
Traditional dentures not only don't restore this stimulation, they can also accelerate bone loss as they rub against the bony ridges of the gums. Implants, on the other hand, can help slow or stop bone loss. The titanium in the imbedded post attracts bone cells, which then grow and adhere to the implant surface. Over time, this can increase the amount of bone attachment and help stymie any further loss.
An implant-supported denture is more expensive than a standard denture, but far less than replacing each individual tooth with an implant. If you want the affordability of dentures with the added benefits of implants, this option may be worth your consideration.
If you would like more information on implant-supported restorations, 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.”
Missing teeth make people self-conscious about their appearance and make everyday activities, like speaking and eating, much more difficult. Here at Dental Implant and Laser Surgical Specialists in Tustin, CA, Dr. Ramyar Elyassian provides patients with dentures as a cost-effective method to replacing teeth—read on to learn more about this treatment and how to properly maintain your implant-supported dentures.
What are dentures?
Dentures are oral appliances made to replace teeth. There are many types and designs, like traditional dentures, partial dentures, custom dentures, immediate dentures, implant dentures, snap-in dentures, overdentures, and upper dentures.
Implant-supported dentures offer a few extra advantages for patients. Dental implants are synthetic tooth roots that are placed in your jawbone during a minor oral surgical procedure. The titanium implants bond to your jawbone in just a few months. Implant-supported dentures are connected directly to the implants or to a metal framework.
Advantages of these dentures include:
- Better Jaw Strength: Your jawbone shrinks after you lose your teeth because it no longer is stimulated by your tooth roots. Dental implants offer stimulation that will minimize jawbone changes.
- Even Better Protection from Sagging: Although dentures help support your facial muscles, some sagging may still occur with full dentures. Because implant-supported dentures reduce jawbone shrinking, they offer even more support for the muscles.
- Excellent Biting Power: Loss of biting power is inevitable with full dentures, but not with implant-supported dentures. In fact, you may retain as much as 95 percent of your biting power.
What are some key tips for maintaining your dentures?
- Brush your teeth using a soft-bristled toothbrush and floss after removing dentures to avoid food getting stuck between your teeth and dentures.
- Schedule regular dental visits with Tustin dentist to have teeth professionally cleaned and for an overall examination to ensure teeth and gums are healthy.
- Rinse dentures after eating by running water over them. Place a towel on the counter to avoid breaking dentures if you drop them.
- Don't bend dentures while cleaning them.
- Visit Dr. Elyassian if the dentures fit loosely or if you have any other denture adjustment issues.
- Brush dentures daily using a soft-bristled brush and nonabrasive denture cleanser.
- Soak dentures in water or a mild denture-soaking solution overnight to preserve dentures' shape.
- Rinse dentures when removing them from their denture-soaking solution to avoid exposing yourself from harmful chemicals.
Part of maintaining your dentures includes avoiding the use of abrasive toothpaste, brushing dentures vigorously, using a whitening toothpaste, or bleach-containing products and hot water.
Need to speak with a professional?
If you'd like more information about implant dentures, and how to properly care for them, contact Dr. Ramyar Elyassian of Dental Implant and Laser Surgical Specialists in Tustin, CA, by dialing (714) 730-3746.
Even with modern prevention and treatment advances, losing teeth in later life is still a sad but common part of human experience. Just as generations have before, many today rely on dentures to regain their lost dental function and smile.
But although effective, dentures have their weaknesses. The most serious: they can't prevent jawbone deterioration, a common problem associated with tooth loss.
Bone health depends on chewing forces applied to the teeth to stimulate replacement growth for older bone cells. When teeth are gone, so is this stimulation. Dentures can't replicate the stimulus and may even accelerate bone loss because they can irritate the bone under the gums as they rest upon them for support.
But there's a recent advance in denture technology that may help slow or even stop potential bone loss. The advance incorporates implants with dentures to create two hybrid alternatives that may be more secure and healthier for the supporting bone.
The first is known as an overdenture, a removable appliance similar to a traditional denture. But instead of deriving its support from the gums alone, the overdenture attaches to three to four implants (or only two, if on the lower jaw) that have been permanently set into the jawbone. This not only increases stability, but the implants made of bone-friendly titanium attract and foster increased bone growth around them. This can help slow or even stop the cycle of bone loss with missing teeth.
The second type is a fixed denture. In this version, four to six implants are implanted around the jaw arch. The denture is then secured in place to these implants with screws. It's a little more secure than the overdenture, but it's also more expensive and requires good quality bone at the implant sites.
If you've already experienced significant bone loss you may first need bone grafting to build up the implant sites for these options, or choose traditional dentures instead. But if you're a good candidate for an implant-supported denture, you may find it provides better support and less risk of continuing bone loss than traditional dentures.
If you would like more information on implant-supported dental restorations, 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.”