If you’ve lost all teeth on your upper or lower arch, you’re not alone. In fact, in Florida alone, over 18% of adults over the age of 65 have lost all of their teeth on at least one arch. At this rate, dentures are a fairly common solution to restoring the look and function of smiles the world over. If you already have dentures, then you are likely well-acquainted with the advantages of replacing lost teeth. However, you may also be aware that ill-fitting dentures can sometimes be worse than having no teeth, since an ill fit can cause enough discomfort to render the replacement teeth useless. Experienced Miami implant dentist Dr. Arun Garg explains how you can enjoy more stable dentures by securing them to dental implants.
Why Replacing Lost Teeth is Important
If you lose one or more teeth, the obvious concern to address is the gap(s) left in your smile. For some people, however, an incomplete smile is no reason to seek professional treatment. Besides, in some cases, it can add character. However, the continuing effects of tooth loss include your remaining natural teeth trying to fill those gaps by shifting towards them to restore an even pressure displacement when you bite. Shifting teeth can lead to a plethora of new dental problems, including an increased risk of further tooth loss. A lesser known effect of tooth loss involves the loss of the tooth’s root, which is normally embedded in your jawbone. When you chew or bite, these roots are stimulated, signaling your body to send necessary nutrients to your jaw to support the teeth that it holds. When a root is lost, so is its stimulation, and your body sends fewer nutrients to your jaw. Overtime, this deficiency leads to jawbone deterioration, which can also change the shape of your gums where your dentures rest. As your gums’ ridge line changes, the dentures will lose their snug fit, and constant readjustment has traditionally been a part of wearing dentures.
A More Secure Solution
Dental implants, which are shaped like small rods or screws, are surgically inserted into your jawbone to act as a replacement tooth root to prevent jawbone deterioration. They are also anchors upon which Dr. Garg can secure your partial or full set of dentures. Because they are secured to prosthetic tooth roots rather than resting on top of your gums, your dentures will remain as secure as your natural teeth. You may need to replace your set of dentures after years of normal wear, but implants can last a lifetime with proper care. To learn if implant-supported dentures are the right choice for you, schedule a consultation with your Miami dentist at the Center for Complete Dentistry by calling 305-935-4991, or visit our website to schedule your appointment online. Located in the 33180 area, we proudly serve patients from Miami, Highland Lakes, North Miami Beach, and the surrounding communities.