Dentures: Not a Long-term Solution
When you lose your teeth, several things begin to happen. One of the most obvious effects of tooth loss is the impact it has on your smile. When your smile is affected, your confidence plummets. Tooth loss makes eating more difficult, and you might find that you are no longer able to enjoy your favorite foods. Speaking also becomes more of a challenge, and you may find it difficult to effectively communicate. Additionally, your jaw gradually begins to change shape, which can affect the alignment of any healthy teeth that are remaining in your jaw. Dentures have been the go-to solution for hundreds of years when it came to missing teeth. However, they are not a long-term solution for tooth loss. At Westlake Oral and Plastic Surgery at Simi Valley, we provide an alternative with dental implants.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are a treatment used for replacing missing teeth, that has been in use for hundreds of years. The dentures used today, however, are vastly different from the original dentures. They are available as either partial dentures, which replace sections of missing teeth, or full dentures, which replace an entire arch of missing teeth. They are a removable prosthesis that is made from impressions of your mouth. They consist of an acrylic base that holds acrylic resin teeth. The base rests directly on your gums, which provide the prosthesis with support. Dentures are meant to be removed every night, thoroughly cleaned, and left out overnight to soak while you sleep.
Why Are Dentures Not a Long-term Solution?
While advances in denture design have made vast improvements over the years, they are not a long-term solution for tooth loss. This is because your jaw continues to change shape, even after you replace your teeth. Your natural teeth have many important functions. One of these functions is the stimulation of your jawbone. Every time you chew, the roots of your teeth stimulate the bone, which sends a message to your body. The body responds by sending the nutrients required to keep the bone strong and healthy. When you lose your teeth, the stimulation decreases. The body thinks that fewer nutrients are needed, so it sends less. Gradually, the bone begins to weaken and change shape.
Your dentures are made from impressions of your mouth. The base is a hard, rigid acrylic. While your jawbone gradually changes shape, your dentures do not. Eventually, your once perfectly fitting dentures no longer fit properly. You may find that they slip out of place more frequently. The base can rub your gums, causing painful sores. Additionally, dentures that do not fit properly can accelerate the rate of bone resorption. To remain effective, you need to be refitted for new dentures approximately every seven years.
Providing a Permanent Solution With Dental Implants
Dental implants are a modern alternative to dentures. This treatment uses small titanium posts that we surgically implant into your jawbone. During your recovery, your bone begins to fuse to the posts, integrating them into the jaw. This process, known as osseointegration, turns the posts into stable roots that are then used to support your replacement teeth.
However, what makes dental implants a permanent solution? The posts, which sit inside of your jawbone, act just like the roots of your teeth. When you chew using your new crowns, the posts stimulate your jawbone in a similar fashion, triggering the body to send essential nutrients. As a result, bone loss is halted, and future bone loss is prevented. This aids in maintaining the health and integrity of your jawbone.
Dentures may still be used for tooth loss, but they are not made to be a long-term solution. Whether you have just recently experienced tooth loss, or you have already been wearing dentures for a while, dental implants can provide you with a permanent solution for replacing your missing teeth. Call Westlake Oral and Plastic Surgery at Simi Valley to schedule your consultation today at (805) 328-2180.
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