One of the common causes of concern for individuals who wear dentures is how unstable their smile becomes over time. An inconvenience at best and debilitating at worst, loose dentures that slip during eating and speaking can make daily life unbearable. Thankfully, our board-certified periodontist, Dr. Lauren Anderson, offers a solution with dental implants.
Why Dentures Become Loose
While dentures are a time-tested replacement for no teeth, they do not address the jawbone loss that occurs when natural teeth are lost. This change in the jaw ridge’s size is what leads to loose, ill-fitting dentures. Patients in this situation may find it increasingly difficult to function in everyday life and often live in a constant state of worry that their dentures will slip or fall out when they least expect.
How Dental Implants Help
Dental implants are titanium posts surgically placed into the jawbone to function as imitation tooth roots. They are currently the healthiest and only permanent way to replace missing teeth and stabilize dentures. Biocompatible dental implants integrate with the natural jawbone, resulting in a sturdy and strong foundation for a denture to be attached. Using either two or four dental implants strategically placed around the jaw, dentures can be attached using a ball-retained or bar-retained system.
Benefiting From Denture Stabilization
Implant supported dentures that remain secure in a patient’s mouth provide greater function for biting and chewing foods as well as help improve speech. Fixed to dental implants, dentures no longer need reliance on pastes or adhesives to stay in place. This solution improves oral health as well, by reducing irritation and mouth sores caused by loose dentures and providing healthy jawbone stimulation. A more secure smile improves a patient’s overall health and confidence as well.
Schedule A Consultation
Dr. Anderson is an expert in dental implants and uses minimally invasive techniques whenever possible. As a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, she remains current on advancements in implant dentistry to provide comfortable surgical care for her patients. If you’re struggling with loose, ill-fitting dentures and are interested in dental implants, schedule your consultation today in our office in Bloomfield Hills, MI, (248) 480-4910