Improving Dentures with Dental Implants

Do you wish that your dentures would retain the snug fit that they were designed for? Many denture wearers, while thankful that they have regained functionality in their smile, also experience an uncomfortable change in the way their dentures fit after some time has passed.

This change is more than merely uncomfortable; when your dentures lose their fit, they also lose their secure grasp and can move around as you bite, chew, and speak. Luckily, there is a solution to stopping denture slippage – by supporting your replacement teeth on a series of dental implants.

Dentures: The Traditional Method

A common misconception is that dentures slip because their base, which is gum-colored and secured to your dental ridge, wears down with use. While normal wear may very well occur, the true reason behind the gradual change lies within your own mouth, not the dental prosthetic.

Traditional dentures can replace an entire row of lost teeth, but alone, they do not address the continuing complications of lost tooth roots. These roots, which are embedded in your jawbone, provide stimulation that signals your body to send nutrients to keep the bone around them. If a tooth is lost, the alveolar bone that has been holding the root starts to be resorbed and it consequently causes shrinkage of dental ridge.

Dentures: Supported by Dental Implants

Like treating tooth loss, the best solution to a lost root is to replace it. Dental implants, which are small rods modeled after a tooth’s root, are surgically implanted into your jawbone to replace the roots that are no longer there. The implants’ biocompatible titanium exterior allow your jawbone to fuse to it, and once healed, the prosthetic tooth roots act as a base that your dentist can utilize to secure your dentures.

Replacing the roots helps prevent your jawbone and dental ridges from shrinking, and securing the dentures to the implants, rather than relying on adhesive, eliminates the possibility of common slippage.

About Your Spring, TX Dental Experts:

At Stephens, Gatewood, & Associates, located in Spring, TX, we proudly deliver modern, quality dental care in a welcoming, comfortable environment to patients and families throughout the community. Though we are located in Spring, we also welcome patients from Houston, The Woodlands, Tomball, Cypress, and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation with one of our experts, call Stephens, Gatewood, & Associates today at 281-320-2000. Se Habla Espanol!