When patients get fitted with dentures, they often hope that the appliances will be a permanent solution for their tooth loss. They are often surprised when their dentures lose their fit over time and eventually need to be relined.
This happens because dentures do not offer a complete replacement for the teeth. Although it does feature crowns, forming the visible portion of the smile, the denture does not have any type of structure to replace the root and secure the jaw.
As a result, the jawbone erodes and its shape evolves over time. At a certain point, the shape of the jaw changes so much that the original denture will no longer fit. This requires the denture to be relined every few years to improve the fit.
Dental implants can address this problem. An oral surgeon can surgically insert the implants in a patient’s jaw, and the denture can be designed to slide over those implants, which then hold the denture in place.
This approach typically eliminates the need for repeated re-linings of the dentures. The dental implants mimic the teeth’s roots and bring a level of stability to the jaw that conventional dentures can’t match. In fact, if you take good care of them, your implant-supported dentures should last for decades.
Of course, patients must have a certain amount of bone available to support dental implants or the devices will fail. This may be a concern for patients who have lost so much bone already that they’ve needed to have at least one denture re-lining.
Even patients who have already experienced extensive tooth loss can qualify for implant-supported dentures, with the innovative All-on-4 procedure. This technique secures the denture with just four implants, all of which are placed near the front of the jaw. The bone tends to remain strongest in this area, even after some erosion has occurred at the rear of the jaw.
If repeated re-linings are one of the many disadvantages dissuading you from getting traditional dentures, consider implant-supported dentures as an alternative. This approach will offer you more stability and better outcomes over time.
Contact our experienced team at Dallas Oral Surgery Associates to learn more about your tooth replacement options.