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Think dental implants only replace individual teeth? Think again—this premier technology can also support other kinds of restorations to provide better stability and comfort. And, they also help improve bone health when incorporated with any type of tooth replacement options, especially dentures.
Although traditional dentures have enjoyed a long, successful history as a tooth replacement solution, they can interfere with bone health. That’s because regular dentures fit in the mouth by resting on the bony ridges of the jaw, which has implications for the bone.
As living tissue, bone goes through a growth cycle with older bone cells dying and dissolving and newer cells forming to take their place. The teeth play a role in this growth cycle — the forces generated when we chew travel up through the teeth and help stimulate bone growth. When teeth go missing, however, so does this stimulus.
Traditional dentures can’t replace this missing stimulus. In fact, the constant pressure of dentures on the jaw may even accelerate bone loss. A sign this is happening occurs when the dentures’ once tight fit begins to loosen and they become uncomfortable to wear.
Implant-supported dentures can help eliminate this problem. We first surgically place a few implants in the jaw, the number determined by which jaw (the lower requires less) and whether the denture is removable or fixed. If removable, the denture has connective points that match the implant locations — you simply connect them with the implants. If fixed, the denture is screwed into the implants to hold it in place.
So, how does this help bone health? For one, the denture no longer puts as much pressure on the jaw ridges—the main support comes from the implants. And, the implants themselves encourage bone stimulation: The titanium in the implant has a special affinity with bone cells that naturally grow and adhere to its metal surface. This natural integration between implant and bone can stop bone loss and may even help reverse it.
If you’re interested in implant-supported dentures, you’ll first need to undergo a full dental exam with your dentist. These restorations aren’t appropriate for all dental situations. But, if they can work for you, you may be able to enjoy the benefits of an implant-supported restoration.
If you would like more information on implant-supported restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Overdentures & Fixed Dentures.”
People have depended on dentures for generations—and they still do. That's because they work, both in restoring dental function and a smile marred by missing teeth.
But they have one major drawback related to bone health. That's because living bone has a life cycle: as older cells die, new ones form to take their place. The pressure generated when we chew stimulates this growth. But when this stimulus goes missing along with the teeth, the cell replacement rate slows and bone volume and density gradually diminishes.
Traditional dentures can't transmit this chewing pressure stimulus. And because they rest directly on the gum ridges, they can adversely affect the underlying bone and actually accelerate bone loss.
But implant technology potentially solves this bone loss problem with dentures by using implants rather than the gums to support them. It's a two-fold benefit: first, the implants relieve much of the irritation to the gums and bone caused by traditional dentures. Primarily, though, the implants themselves can slow or even stop continuing bone loss.
Most implants are made of titanium, not only because it's compatible with the body, but also because it has an affinity with bone. Over time bone cells grow on the titanium post imbedded in the jawbone. This process not only creates stability and durability, it can improve bone health.
In recent years dentists have incorporated implants with dentures to create two exciting treatment options. With one option, the dentist installs two or more implants in the jaw, to which a specially fitted removable denture can be attached. You would still have the ease of removing the denture for cleaning, while gaining greater stability and a reduced risk of bone loss.
The other option is a fixed denture (or bridge) attached permanently to implants. For this option, a patient's jawbone must be adequate and healthy enough to support at least four to six implants. A fixed denture is also often costlier and more complex than a removable denture, but it can feel more like real teeth. It also promotes better bone health too.
Although both options are more expensive than traditional dentures, they can pay dividends for long-term dental health. Implants could help you enjoy your new dentures and resulting smile for a long time to come.
If you would like more information on dental implant-supported restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Overdentures & Fixed Dentures.”
Dr. Alexander Pritsky offers a wide variety of denture options in his Fresno dental practice. Each prosthetic is created with patient comfort, oral health/function and best aesthetics in mind. Dr. Pritsky and his team work diligently to ensure you have the best experience possible.
FAQS on dentures
How many kinds of dentures are there? All dentures are custom-made according to individual patient need, preference and personal budget. In general, there are conventional dentures, held in place by the mouth's own natural suction, implant-supported dentures, including teeth-in-a-day, immediate dentures, placed right after extraction, and partial dentures, replacing one or more teeth.
Are dentures hard to care for? No, they are not. It's best to brush them with an ADA-approved product and soft toothbrush. Remove them at night to rest your oral tissues, and soak them in water or gentle denture product.
Can I chew and bite effectively with dentures? Implant-supported dentures provide an almost natural oral function. However, even traditional dentures can effectively help you to speak and eat normally. They just take some practice and persistence to become accustomed to how they work and feel.
How quickly can I get my dentures? Crafting dentures takes preparation, including X-rays and oral impressions. Most prosthetics require a few try-ons, too, for your best fit and bite. Expect at least two appointments with Dr. Pritsky.
Do I have to use a denture adhesive? Well-fitting dentures do not need much adhesive at all. In fact, just a few strategically-placed amounts stabilize your prosthetic and should allow you to remove it easily at night.
Will my jaw bone deteriorate over time? Bone loss is an inevitable fact of dental extraction unless you receive implant-supported dentures. Dental implants actually strengthen underlying jaw bone, avoiding the recession and facial changes typical of fully or partially edentulous patients. However, conventional or immediate dentures (not anchored by implants) do not maintain jaw bone integrity. So, these dentures must be refit or even replaced after five to ten years, reports the American College of Prosthodontists.
Do you have more questions?
Dr. Pristsky and his team will be happy to answer all of them. They want you to have the best denture experience possible. So, why not call the office and arrange for your individualized consultation? Phone (559) 298-3900.
Find out how dentures could replace your missing teeth and restore your smile.
It’s true that your natural teeth should ideally last you for your entire life; however, there are certain issues such as decay or trauma that could lead to tooth loss. If you are an adult who is missing several or even all of your teeth, there is a simple solution that is offered by our Fresno, CA, dentist, Dr. Alexander Pristky: dentures!
Here are the most common types of dentures from which to choose,
Full dentures (also known as complete dentures): As you may be able to figure out from the name alone, this denture type is designed to replace a full set of teeth, whether that be the upper, lower, or both sets of teeth. Full dentures are made up of an acrylic gum-like base that contains a set of teeth that fits over the gums and stays in place through suction. Full dentures are custom-made to fit the shape and measurements of your jaw.
Partial dentures: If you are dealing with tooth loss but still have some healthy teeth remaining, partial dentures will be the best type of dentures to fill those gaps in your smile. Partial dentures can be removable or fixed in place depending on certain factors. Removable partial dentures use clasps that can be attached to other teeth to hold the false teeth in place, while fixed dentures will use crowns to keep the false teeth permanently in place. Just like full dentures, partial dentures are also custom-made to fit your mouth.
Implant-supported dentures: While dentures are designed to sit on top of the gums, dental implants are placed within the jawbone to anchor false teeth into place so that they don’t move or shift around. By placing implants along the arches of the jaws, we can prevent full and partial dentures from moving around while talking or chewing.
Immediate dentures: If you have to have teeth pulled, our Fresno restorative dentist knows that you still want to have teeth to help you speak and chew during the healing process. This is where immediate dentures come in. They are custom-made to fit over your gums, and will provide a helpful, temporarily full smile while we wait several weeks for your gums to heal. Once your gums have healed, we will replace the immediate dentures with permanent ones.
Are you living with tooth loss in Fresno, CA? Do you want to find out if dentures are the ideal tooth replacement for you? Then it’s time to turn to the restorative dental team at Fresno Dental Implant Center to learn more. Dial (559) 298-3900 today!
Want to know more about implant dentures?
There are several types of dentures. Implant dentures are just one. Dr. Alexander Pritsky, your Fresno, CA, dentist, is an expert in installing implant dentures, an affordable solution for patients who have lost all their teeth. Read below to learn more!
Implant Dentures in Fresno
Implant tenures, also called mini dental implants, are sequences of titanium posts implanted into teeth sockets to replace missing tooth roots.
Advantages and Benefits of Implant Dentures
- Implant-supported dentures preserve facial bone
- They can give you a complete smile
- They don't slip and cause discomfort
- They create a normal bite so can you eat without restriction
- You don't have to worry about ill-fitting dentures or denture adhesives
- You don't have to deal with the uncomfortable movement of regular dentures
- Implants stabilize dentures, ensuring they don't move while you speak, eat, or chew
- Metal posts are surgically implanted in a series into your jaw.
- Osseointegration will occur over three to six months (this is a process where bone and tissue surrounding the implants will fuse to posts). This action creates a sturdy and unmoving foundation from which to hold your dentures.
- Following osseointegration, you will be fitted with temporary teeth.
- After six months, your doctor will attach abutments to the implants that'll be attached to artificial teeth.
- The full dentures are attached to the abutments.
After the procedure is over, patients will be able to resume normal daily activities, such as eating, chewing, and speaking. You'll also have the added benefit of a great smile and stable dentures that don't slip, as mentioned above.
The process of getting implant dentures may be long, but it is worth the time, money, and effort. If you have any more questions about implant dentures, call Dr. Alexander Pritsky's Fresno office at (559) 298-3900.