For many people who wear conventional dentures, one of the common drawbacks is waiting for the restoration to eventually lose its grip and become loose. While modern dentures can be designed to closely match the contour of your dental ridge for a comfortable, secure fit, this fit can change over time, causing the restoration to grow loose and move around uncomfortably over your dental ridge. Fortunately, this problem can be solved for many people by choosing to support their denture on a series of dental implant posts, which can successfully address the underlying causes of loose and moving dental restorations.
How a conventional denture becomes loose
When you wear a conventional denture to replace your lost teeth, the restoration is designed to closely match the appearance, alignment, and overall contour of your healthy, natural smile. However, conventional dentures lack the support that your natural teeth rely on, which comes in the form of their roots, and therefore are unable to mimic their stability. This can limit the denture’s ability to function as you bite and chew, but also, can lead to changes in the shape of your dental ridge as it gradually loses mass and density.
Dental implants offer better support
Dental implant posts are designed to offer your smile the one thing that conventional dentures and other tooth replacement options lack – the support of root-like anchors. Dental implants are placed within the jawbone to strategically absorb the pressure of your bite while stabilizing your denture in the process. A series of root-like posts can offer significantly more support for your restoration as you bite, chew, and speak. Yet, there are several longer-term benefits that come with replacing lost teeth roots. These include preventing the changes in your dental ridge that can cause your denture to move, and anchoring your denture in place so that it can’t shift anyway.
Preserving the foundation of your smile
The preservation of your dental ridge is one of the most important benefits that come with supporting your denture on dental implants. When you replace your lost teeth roots, the pressure your denture absorbs when you bite and chew stimulates the implant posts. This is the same function that allows your teeth roots to preserve your jawbone structure, as it promotes the flow of essential minerals and nutrients that the bone structure relies on.
Learn about securing your denture with implants
By mimicking healthy, natural teeth roots, dental implants can offer several advantages for your denture, including preventing it from becoming loose and moving. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery in Santa Rosa, CA, today at 707-545-4625.