Typically, removable dentures offer between 5 and 10 years of solid tooth replacement before requiring replacement themselves. However, securing them with dental implants means they could last for decades, potentially even a lifetime. In today’s blog, your Livonia, MI, dentist explains what makes implant dentures last so long, and looks at the different options we offer for people suffering from tooth loss.
Stimulating Jawbone Growth
The body sends regular doses of calcium and phosphorus to the jawbone to keep the tissue strong and support your natural teeth. However, when we lose teeth this causes the body to suspend the flow of these nutrients. The bone tissue loses mass and density, causing teeth to fall out and the person to develop an aged appearance. For traditional bridges and dentures, this means replacement every 5 to 10 years as the jaw ridge changes shape due to lost mass and density.
However, dental implants are made from biocompatible titanium and inserted directly into the jawbone. The body accepts them as natural roots, and as a result, resumes the flow of nutrients and stimulates the growth of bone tissue. You don’t lose mass and density, your facial structure remains as-is, and your new teeth have the potential to last for decades, possibly even a lifetime in some cases!
Your Implant Denture Options
A traditional dental implant denture needs between six and eight implants per arch to support a fixed prosthetic. However, with All-On-4®, we insert just four specially placed ones per arch to support an entire prosthetic, and with Teeth in a Day, we complete the entire process, from placement to the attachment of the prosthetic, in a single visit. We also have the ability to support bridges and partial dentures for those with more minor, but still serious, cases of tooth loss.
Are They Right for You?
To see if they’re right for you, we will first look for underlying oral health issues that need treatment, For example, gum disease, unless properly managed, could cause implant failure. So, we need to manage the issue before moving forward. If you’ve lost significant amounts of jawbone tissue, we may need to perform a bone grafting procedure or ridge augmentation to ensure your smile can support one or more dental implants. If you have any questions, then contact our team today!
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT FIXED DENTURES?
With dental implants, we provide our patients with fixed prosthetics that look great and last for years to come. To learn more about how we return smiles to a more optimal and functional state once again, then call James Stewart, DDS, dental implant office in Livonia, MI, at (734) 425-4400. We also serve the residents of Farmington, Plymouth, Dearborn Heights, and all surrounding communities.