Patients often have a laundry list of complaints about their dentures. The appliances can be uncomfortable and prone to slipping out of place, but a visit to our implant dentist serving Queens can get patients started down the path to a tooth replacement alternative that is far superior to dentures.
As the years go by, most denture wearers notice that their dentures lose their fit. This is due to a phenomenon known as bone resorption. The teeth’s roots are no longer present to anchor the jaw, which begins to recede as a result.
In placing implants, an implant dentist will insert the tiny platinum screws into the jaw bone. Each implant can then be topped with an artificial crown, or a small number of implants can secure an arch of artificial teeth in lieu of a denture.
Dental implants are better for replacing missing teeth than dentures because implants integrate with the jaw bone and hold it in place. The titanium is biocompatible, which facilitates the osseointegration process. Of course, the patient must have sufficient bone material to support osseointegration, but bone can be supplemented through grafts or the implant dentist can maximize the available bone by strategically locating the implants.
Because the dental implants essentially replace the missing teeth’s roots and stabilize the jaw over time, they offer a better long-term solution than dentures, which must be replaced every several years as the shape of the jaw continues to change.
In addition to improved fit, an artificial arch of replacement teeth anchored by dentures offers other benefits. Implant patients can choose from a wider variety of foods than denture wearers can, and implant-supported dentures will not slip out of place like their conventional counterparts do. Of course, implants don’t require denture adhesives (and the nasty taste that they leave in your mouth!).
If you’ve had enough of ill-fitting, uncomfortable dentures, schedule a consultation with Dr. Stephen Weisglass to see if you could be a candidate for dental implants as an alternative.