When a person first receives dentures, they may expect all of their oral concerns and discomfort to vanish. However, many denture wearers soon learn that traditional dentures are less like natural teeth than they may have imagined.
Dentures tend to be bigger than natural teeth. The difference in size can be substantial enough to make the appliance feel unnatural and cumbersome.
Also, the amount of bite force that is generated by the traditional dentures may be much less than that produced by natural teeth. Thus, a person with dentures may have to chew their food longer and more deliberately. In addition, they may have to avoid foods that they enjoy and select softer items instead.
The jawbones may also continue to atrophy after a dental patient receives their dentures. As a result, the denture may slip regularly, causing the denture wearer to rely on adhesives for greater stabilization.
Each of these problems that are frequently experienced by people with dentures can be remedied with dental implants. Here is how implants can address these issues.
Although dentures are fabricated using an impression of the patient's mouth as a guide, the size of the false teeth may still differ significantly from the patient's natural teeth. The size of the dentures become less of a problem if the appliance is properly aligned in the mouth. When a dental implant is installed for denture stabilization, the implant is often aligned with one of the patient's natural tooth sockets, helping the supported denture rest in the proper position for a more comfortable fit.
The reduction in bite force is often due to the lack of stabilization of the dentures. However, a dental implant can withstand the same amount of bite force as a natural tooth.
The implant is placed in the jawbone, where it heals into place. The bone cells of the jaw grow around the implant, integrating with the device. Thus, the dental implant rests securely in the bone, as a healthy tooth root would.
Dental implants can also help prevent the atrophy of the jawbone. The implants transfer bite pressure to the bone of the jaw to stimulate the bone to produce more bone cells. The production of the new cells helps maintain the health and thickness of the jawbone.
Also, when the jawbone has shrunken in size, the implants stabilize an implant-supported denture without the need for denture adhesives.
If you are a denture patient who would like to learn more about dental implant services, schedule a consultation with a dentist in your local area.