Dentures are common for those who experience tooth loss or degeneration of the gums or jawbone. They can allow you to eat and retain the same bright smile. However, some people have trouble keeping dentures in place. There are a number of reasons this happens, but there are ways to help stabilize your dentures. The Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry can provide solutions for loose dentures, including dental implants and other types of restorative dental work. |
Why Dentures Become Loose Dentures can become loose for a number of reasons. One common reason is something called bone resorption or deterioration, a condition that develops when the gums shrink since they aren’t being used to hold your teeth in place anymore. Everyday use can also cause dentures to wear down over time.
Solutions to Secure Dentures A short-term solution to help secure your dentures is using an adhesive cream such as Fixodent. However, the best method to ensure your dentures stay in place is with dental implants. They can stabilize and eliminate most problems people experience. Dental implants can be particularly effective for those with significant or even total bone loss in the jaw that make wearing regular dentures almost impossible. It’s possible to have single, multiple or full-mouth teeth replacement using dental implants.
Benefits of Dental Implants There are several benefits of dental implants. The first is achieving more denture stability, of course. You will feel more comfortable and have improved function. You will feel more confident when biting and chewing your food. Implants can also stop bone resorption so you have healthier gums.
How Dental Implants Work A dental implant actually consists of three parts:
• Base – A titanium screw, which is fused to the existing jawbone. • Connector – Once the base has been put in place, a connector (also called an abutment) is added. • Crown – Finally, the replacement tooth (crown) is secured to the connector. Crowns are usually made out of ceramic and designed to look as much like natural teeth as possible.
The implant process involves several phases of oral surgery. First, small holes are drilled into the jawbone and then the bases are screwed into the holes. There is a period of healing and then a second surgery is needed to place the connectors. Finally, the crown is fit on top of the connector.
Types of Dental Implants In general, there are two types of dental implants, according to The American Academy of Implant Dentistry.
• Endosteal implants are placed directly in the jawbone. The replacement crowns are then attached to the implants.
• Subperiosteal implants are placed under the gum line above (or on) the jawbone. This type of implant is a good option if you don’t have enough healthy bone left to provide a good foundation for dentures.
There are also other alternatives implant techniques if you have specific dental problems such as significant jawbone deterioration.
• Immediate Load Dental Implants – Also called “same day” implants or Teeth in a Day®, this type of implant allows the doctor to place a temporary tooth during a single visit.
• Mini Dental Implants (MDIs) – So-called “narrow diameter” implants are smaller than their standard counterparts. Using this type of implant is considered less invasive.
• All-On-4® - With this procedure, four implants are placed strategically in the jawbone and all of the replacement teeth are attached to them. The benefit of this procedure is that special abutments can be used to set the replacement teeth in one visit, rather than waiting weeks to heal.
https://thesteincenter.com/contact/Dental implants could be the solution to achieving denture stability so you can eat and smile with confidence. Contact our Skokie, IL office to schedule an appointment for restorative dental services today.
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