How Dental Implants Can Keep Your Dentures Secure
Posted February 18, 2016 by Wager-Evans Dental
Dentures can rely on support from natural suction, or epoxies, to stay in place, but these methods may not be sturdy enough for everyone. If you have dentures, and struggle to keep them in their proper place, implant-supported dentures may be a more attractive alternative. An implant-supported prosthetic will be anchored to a series of mini dental implants, which are inserted to your jawbone. This will provide extra support for the dentures, and can also lower the risk of bone loss in your jaw from having lost teeth. Dental implants can also be employed to address partial tooth loss.
The first step in receiving implant-supported dentures will be to have your dentist place your implants. Typically, mini implants will be used; because patients who have lost their teeth often suffer bone depletion in their jaw, a mini implant can be better-suited for their needs. The implants are made from titanium, which is biocompatible. Once your implants have been properly inserted, your dentist can provide you with dentures designed to be locked into place over them.
Did you know that having a missing tooth can make you more likely to lose more teeth? If you are missing some, but not all, of your teeth, you should still seek prosthetic support. A dental implant can serve as a root to keep a dental crown in place; a crown used as a prosthetic will have root-like support from your implant, and can operate in the absence of a lost tooth.