During the second half of the 20th century, significant advances were made in the field of dentistry. Dental implants were among these innovations, and they quite literally changed the way we thought (and continue to think) about full-arch teeth replacement. In addition to improving the lives of our patients, dental implants also play a crucial role in maintaining optimal oral health. If you are considering Holland, PA implant dentures, it is important to learn about all they have to offer. Fortunately, Dr. Gary Nack has over 35 years of experience in dental implantology. Here, we will discuss the many ways that implant-supported dentures can improve your health and your quality of life.
What Happens after Tooth Loss?
Before we delve into all the advantages dental implants have to offer, we will first discuss what occurs following tooth loss. When the teeth are present, the roots actively stimulate the nerves within the jawbone. This actually helps to preserve the bone tissue, which serves as a foundation for your smile. When the teeth are removed, the roots are no longer present. Therefore, the jawbone lacks stimulation and as a result, it begins to shrink and lose density. This bone atrophy continues over time, resulting in a hollowed or “sunken in” appearance in the cheeks. In summary, the jawbone’s job is to support the teeth roots. When there are no roots present, the bone disappears.
Implant Dentures Prevent Bone Atrophy
When dental implants are placed, they stimulate the jawbone in the same way the natural teeth roots did. Therefore, the bone tissues once again have a job – to support your new implants! This is why dental implants are so durable and long-lasting. They actively preserve the jawbone for optimal oral health.
Implant Dentures Do Not Decay
Our natural teeth are made of enamel, dentin, and cementum, and are therefore susceptible to cavities and decay. Dental implants are fabricated from surgical-grade titanium and are not vulnerable to tooth decay.
Implant Dentures Can be Easily Cleaned
Although dental implants do not decay, they are not bulletproof. They can still be affected by periodontal disease. Therefore, developing a proper oral hygiene regimen is crucial to the longevity of your implants. Fortunately, dental implants can be brushed and flossed, just like natural teeth. Our team can help you determine which techniques and tools will be best for keeping your new implants in excellent condition.
Implant Dentures Eliminate Shifting and Slipping
If you are a long-time denture wearer, then you know the struggles of chewing, eating, and speaking with your prosthesis. Even the best-made dentures tend to shift and move around during these routine daily tasks. Additionally, conventional dentures rest atop the gum tissue, which can lead to chronic irritation of the soft tissues. Because implant dentures are secured with titanium posts, you will be able to eat the foods you love without worry or discomfort.
Implant Dentures Can Prevent Bruxism and TMD
Because traditional dentures do not preserve bone density, atrophy can occur over time. When this happens, the jaw joints can gradually move out of their optimal positions. This can lead to bite problems, including bruxism (teeth grinding) and TMJ disorder. Implant dentures preserve bone density and keep all oral and maxillofacial structures in a proper position for maximum function and comfort.
Learn More about Holland PA Dentures and Dental Implants
If your quality of life has suffered due to tooth loss, implant dentures can give you the confidence and freedom you’ve been missing. To find out if dental implants are a treatment option for you, schedule a consultation at our Holland, PA practice. Contact us online anytime or call us at (215) 364-6540.