The condition of your teeth has a considerable impact on your quality of life. Denture wearers understand this all too well. The path from dental health to a toothless mouth is downhill. Tooth decay and gum disease are painful. Treatment such as fillings and root canals can strain the budget. If the teeth can’t be saved, tooth extraction brings more physical and psychological pain. Extraction can result in bone recession.
The Drawbacks of Dentures
While dentures are better than having no teeth at all, they certainly come with a plethora of drawbacks. They can irritate gums and make breathing, eating, tasting food, talking, and laughing problematic. And dentures are not a once-and-your-done answer for missing teeth. As the jaw shrinks, they obligate relines.
Stop The Progression
But there is reason for hope! Dental implant technology can improve the quality of life for people who have been wearing standard dentures. To a certain extent, implants stop the downhill progression of declining oral health due to tooth loss.
Dental implants can be used to replace several teeth and/or anchor overdentures. Mini dental implants (also called denture-stabilization implants) allow your dentist to securely attach an appliance so that it won’t slip or irritate gums. Small titanium posts are placed into the jawbone and fuse with the surrounding bone, creating a secure base for an overdenture.
Restore Chewing Ability
Did you know that some denture users retain only ten percent of their chewing ability? Implant-supported dentures can halt bone recession and restore near-normal chewing ability. Improved chewing function with implants can result in better nutrition and overall physical well-being. The psychological benefits are equally valuable. When patients are free of embarrassing denture-slipping, they are happier, more sure of themselves, and socialize more frequently.
Before you spend money on another denture reline, talk to your dentist about denture-stabilization implants.