Many people who wear removable dentures aren’t satisfied with them. They experience a range of problems from embarrassing slippage to painful sores on their gums and from lowered chewing efficiency to difficulty in articulating their speech. Most importantly, removable dentures do nothing to prevent the bone loss that always follows loss of teeth. Given time, this bone loss leads to facial collapse, a condition that can interfere with your overall health.
Implant overdentures are dentures that are anchored into the jawbone with dental implants. The implant is a titanium screw that is surgically placed into the jawbone, taking the place of a tooth root. As it heals, the body draws more bone-creating minerals to the area, integrating the implant. Once the implants heal, they will be strong enough to support a denture. The drawing to the left shows a denture arch supported by six implants. It is possible to support a denture with as few as two implants.
By imitating natural tooth roots, implants prevent the bone loss that can lead to facial collapse. Replacing every or every other tooth with a dental implant would be ideal, but for many, the cost is prohibitive. It’s important to know that even with a few dental implants, the jawbone can be preserved enough to prevent facial collapse. You may have already experienced some bone loss. If that is the case, the surgeon who places your implants can graft more bone onto the jaw. This would make it possible to both support an implant now and preserve more of the bone in the future.
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