If you are frustrated with your dentures, then you are not alone. We hear complaints about dentures from our patients all the time:
My dentures are too loose.
My dentures keep falling out.
It’s embarrassing when my dentures don’t stay in place.
And this is one that we hear a lot.
I wish I could eat the foods that I really want to eat.
We’ve heard these concerns many times from many people. It’s why we offer dental implants as part of our teeth replacements at our San Antonio dentist office.
Today, we are taking time to explain what dental implants are (with a little history about how they came to be) and how dental implants can vastly improve your experience with dentures.
The (Abridged) History Of Dental Implants
In the 1950s, a Swedish physician was studying blood circulation. Rabbits were the primary subjects in his research.
Dr. Per-Ingvar Bränemark placed titanium cylinders into the leg bones of his rabbits. His intention was to remove the cylinders and reuse them throughout the course of his research. Instead, he made an unexpected discovery that changed the world of restorative dentistry.
When Dr. Bränemark tried to remove the implants, he could not do so. Why? The rabbits’ bones fused with the titanium. He would later coin a term — osseointegration — to describe what had happened.
We can’t tell you what happened with his research on blood circulation, but we can tell you that he put his discovery to good use. In 1965, he placed the first set of modern dental implants into the mouth of a human patient.
Those implants were used to secure a dental bridge in the patient’s mouth, and that patient had those implants for the rest of his life, which lasted another 40-plus years.
Since then, research and development have made dental implants even better. Our dentists are happy to offer them to patients who are missing teeth in and around San Antonio.
What Are Dental Implants, And What Do They Do?
Dental implants are a prosthetic for the roots of teeth. As such, they do two things that roots do for your natural teeth.
First, dental implants serve as anchors to hold your replacement teeth in place. Like your roots, implants are placed directly into your jawbone. The bone bonds directly to your implants. This makes them a stable foundation for dental crowns, dental bridges, and dentures. (This depending on whether you need to replace one tooth, multiple teeth, or a whole row of teeth.)
Second, dental implants apply pressure to your jawbone. Roots and jawbones have a good relationship. Your jaw holds your roots secure, and your roots push into your jaw when you bite and chew. That pressure causes a reaction in which your jaw creates new bone tissue.
This is important because the older bone tissue is reabsorbed regularly. The new bone tissue keeps your jaw healthy. Without it, your jaw will begin to shrink. The stimulation from roots or dental implants keeps your jawbone healthy and strong.
Now, let’s compare traditional dentures with implant-supported dentures.
Dentures Vs. Implant-Supported Dentures
Losing your teeth can be difficult both physically and emotionally. At first, dentures may seem like the solution.
Quality dentures can look similar to natural teeth, and they will allow you to eat some foods. What they are missing is something to anchor them to your jaw, however.
As a result, your jawbone can begin to shrink quickly. That can affect the shape of your mouth, which affects how well (or how poorly) your dentures fit. This is why people often notice that their dentures become looser and less stable over time. (This also explains why many people have to have the dentures replaced or refitted regularly.)
That also makes it more likely that your dentures will slip out of position while you are talking or pushed out of place while try to eat. You can use denture adhesive, but those benefits are temporary. Plus, the adhesive can interfere with the taste of your food.
You can solve all those issues with a carefully placed set of dental implants from Cosmetic Dental Associates.
As we mentioned earlier, your dental implants are placed directly in your jaw. When your dentures are attached to your implants, you now have that direct connection that was missing with traditional dentures. This makes your dentures more stable, and it puts more power into your bite.
And that means you really can eat practically anything that you want.
How Do Dental Implants Sound To You?