Over time, it is inevitable that a patient’s dentures will lose their fit. The jawbone atrophies after the teeth are lost or extracted, and as a result, it changes shape. Dentures that are designed to match the original shape of the jaw will no longer fit as that shape evolves.
If you’ve encountered this problem, our oral surgeons may have the solution for you.
When dental implants are placed to support a denture, the benefits are twofold. Not only do the dentures stay put in the mouth, the implants stabilize the jaw, eliminating the erosion that causes the dentures to lose their fit.
Because they are far more effective than denture adhesives, dental implants are a better choice for securing dentures and preventing embarrassing slip-ups. Implant-supported dentures also offer better functionality than their conventional counterparts.
At the same time, dental implants replace some of the roots of the missing teeth and act as anchors that prevent jawbone resorption.
Dental implants do require a certain amount of bone in order to be successful. Enough bone must be remain in the patient’s mouth to facilitate the osseointegration process that makes the implants become permanent parts of the mouth structure.
This can present a problem for long-term denture wearers who may have already lost a great deal of that bone.
Even patients who have already had extensive bone loss can still qualify for dental implant-supported dentures, though. The oral surgeon can place a small number of implants in areas of the jaw where bone wears away more slowly, and those implants can anchor an entire arch.
In cases of extreme jawbone resorption, bone graft procedures can also help make the site suitable for dental implant placement.
Of course, patients’ standard dentures can be re-lined or refitted periodically to keep up with changes in the jaw, but dental implants can stabilize dentures for the long-term. If you are dissatisfied with your loose dentures, talk to our oral surgeon about the benefits of dental implants.
Contact Dallas Oral Surgery Associates to learn more about your options.