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How can dental implants keep dental resorption from occurring?

Dental implants are titanium restorations that are commonly used for replacing one or more teeth. These small posts are placed into the gums and jawbone. Because this restoration is newly implanted the body starts the depositing bone in the area through a process referred to as osseointegration. This builds the surrounding bone to solidify the dental implant into the jawbone to add stability and strength. Once the implant is properly rooted into the bone, it can be restored with various restorations to replace the missing teeth, bringing back beauty and functionality to the smile.

implant-dentist-photo features woman whose false teeth dentures fell out while eating an apple.

Why are dental implants the best solution for tooth loss?

Aside from maintaining bone density in the jaw and keeping the jawbone from shrinking, dental implants have other benefits that patients can consider as well. These restorations are natural-looking and fully functioning, acting just as previous natural teeth did at one time. They are also versatile, providing a proper foundation for crowns, bridges, or even full dentures. In fact, implant-supported dentures are becoming a popular option for patients experiencing the loss of teeth in the entire dental arch because they eliminate the need for dental adhesives while avoiding dental resorption. Patients have the ability to maintain their youthful appearance longer by avoiding shrunken bone around the jaw area, keeping their facial contours throughout their senior years. Additionally, because dental implants become solidified into the jawbone, they are a permanent and reliable solution for tooth loss.



How implant-supported dentures can offer the best of both worlds

Patients who are faced with tooth loss have several options to consider, unless they are dealing with the loss of an entire arch of teeth. Full dentures are often their only choice. Fortunately, patients can still combat dental resorption by using dental implants along with their full dentures. The dentist can place approximately four dental implants along the dental arch, strategically implanted to avoid sinus cavities and to maximize bone growth. Once osseointegration has occurred and the implants are firmly in place, the dentist can then restore the smile using a special full denture that connects with the abutments of the dental implants. Patients will be able to achieve full functionality with their implant retained dentures by integrating implants into the process, while also reducing the risk of dental resorption.

Watch Dr. Matthew Walton DDS, a Greenwood Indiana dentist, demonstrate how this works and a few of the benefits to having implants for dentures including the ability to eat steak, corn on the cob and apples: (quick video: 33 seconds)

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