Tooth loss is a problem that has plagued mankind for centuries. Attempts to solve the issue date back to 700BC, if not earlier. It wasn’t really until the 20th Century when dentistry shook up the whole problem of tooth loss. Just before the 1900s, as much as 50 percent of the adult population was toothless! Today, being toothless is largely uncommon. This reflects our knowledge about oral hygiene and how to eat well to avoid dental breakdown. It also has a little something to do with the fact that dentistry knows what to do to replace missing teeth.
For several decades, the go-to treatment to replace a full arch of teeth was dentures. Many patients still opt for removable dentures today, fixtures that look like gums and teeth, and that sit over the existing arch. We offer conventional dentures in our Shakopee office, and we also offer dental implants. The difference between the two is that one replaces teeth and the other method replaces missing roots. When you understand the role of implants, you can see that they make the perfect complement to a denture, rather than an alternative.
The Problem with Dentures
If you have worn dentures, or know someone who does, you may be well aware of the limitations of their structure. Because dentures sit on top of the gums, their only support comes from suction between the bony ridge of the arch and the acrylic fixture. Well, the jawbone changes over time, which means the degree of suction will decrease. When this happens, the denture no longer fits in a way that keeps it stable. In order to maintain a secure fit, one must visit the dentist regularly for alterations to the denture. At that, adhesive may also be necessary.
Is there a Better Way?
What if, instead of relying on temporary adhesive, you gained permanent denture support in the form of a few well-placed dental implants? Because these tiny posts are settled in to the jawbone (a la natural roots!) , they benefit the oral structure in more ways than you may imagine.
When implants support an over-denture, you gain:
- Optimal stability for chewing.
- Overall confidence in speaking and smiling.
- Secure fit without the use of adhesive paste.
- A way to preserve the bone structure of the jaw.
Get the support you need to rebuild your best smile. Call (952) 445-6657.