What kind of dentures do you wear? If you’ve lost all of the teeth on one or both of your dental ridges, then your denture is a complete row of teeth attached to a gum-colored base that sits on your dental ridge. If you still retain some of your natural teeth, then your partial denture is designed to fit around them while filling in the gaps in your smile. Modern dentures are custom-designed to fit every patient’s specific condition. But, many of them still lack a key component in effectively rebuilding your smile—the roots that belonged to the teeth you’ve lost.
Why Do Conventional Dentures Slip?
For dentures to work, they have to fit, which requires precise measuring of your mouth to create custom dentures that fit snugly on your gums. After a while, however, dentures that were made to hug your dental ridge can become loose and slip when you speak, smile, bite, and chew. The main factor behind denture slippage is a jawbone that shrinks due to reduced blood flow. When the roots of your teeth are lost, their empty sockets in your jawbone are resorbed. Without stimulated roots when you bite and chew, your jawbone receives fewer nutrients through a decreased blood flow.
The Dental Implant Solution
To restore your mouth’s full function, including the support of your jawbone, your dentist may recommend supporting your partial or complete denture on a series of dental implants inserted into your jawbone. Dental implants are crafted from biocompatible titanium, which your jawbone fuses to as it heals. Dentures can be affixed to the implants’ abutments that protrude above the gum line, providing significantly improved support for your replacement teeth. Replacing lost roots also helps preserve your jawbone’s integrity, eliminating the main cause of conventional denture slippage.
Learn More About Implant-Supported Dentures
With the help of dental implants, your dentures can more fully restore your smile and preserve your youthful facial appearance. To schedule a consultation, call Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, today at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of Chicago and all surrounding communities.