Can Implant Supported Dentures Help With Bone Loss?
Implant supported dentures are highly recommended for replacing an entire row of missing teeth. They offer many benefits, including the ability to prevent bone loss. You can make an informed decision about the implant supported dentures treatment by learning about the benefits it provides.
Implant supported dentures and bone loss prevention
Bone loss often occurs after tooth loss. One way toa prevent this is by choosing implant supported dentures for multiple teeth replacement. The following is a review of implant supported dentures and how it can prevent bone loss in the jaw from taking place.
What are implant supported dentures?
Implant supported dentures are a set of replacement teeth (dentures) that are positioned onto dental implants. A dental implant is a post that is placed into the jawbone, and it serves as the root of the dentures. This differs from traditional dentures, which are instead placed on and supported by the gums. The number of implants needed may vary, but it most commonly includes four, as when an entire row of missing teeth are replaced. This is done through a process known as “all-on-4 technique.”
Why does bone loss occur after tooth loss?
Bone loss is likely to occur once teeth are lost. This is because the primary role of the underlying bone inside the jaw is supporting teeth. When the bone is no longer attached to the root of teeth, then they lose some of their purpose, resulting in bone atrophy. Jawbone loss can make the jaw look like it is sunken in, and it can cause cosmetic concerns. Jawbone loss can also make it more challenging to place dental implants.
How implant supported dentures can prevent bone loss
Implant supported dentures can prevent bone loss by restoring its purpose. With them, dental implants are placed into the jaw and go through osseointegration, meaning that they fuse together with the jaw. The abutment and replacement teeth are then attached to the dental implants, completing the restoration. This is different than traditional dentures that rest upon the gums and are less likely to prevent bone loss. Patients who have already experienced jawbone loss may need a bone grafting procedure before the dental implants are placed.
When to choose implant supported dentures
Implant supported dentures offer many advantages. Most notably, they can prevent bone loss from occurring in the jaw, whereas bone loss may continue with traditional dentures or a fixed bridge. However, they do require a more invasive treatment process, so patients should be in good oral and general health and willing to go through minor surgical procedures.
With that said, implant supported dentures are good for patients who want long-term, reliable results and a more comfortable feel, better appearance and improved function after teeth loss occurs. To weigh all available options, schedule a consultation with a dentist who offers implant supported dentures treatment.
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