I have dentures, but am concerned about bone loss. What can I do?

If you’re a denture-wearer, it’s actually a good sign that you are thinking about bone loss. Many people are not aware of this very serious potential adverse effect of wearing dentures. Dentures restore your ability to eat, speak, and smile, but they can also accelerate bone loss.

Why do dentures accelerate bone loss?

It’s almost a guarantee that bone around vacant tooth sockets will decay. Since dentures do not fill the sockets vacated by missing teeth, the jaw bone starts deteriorating around those vacant sockets. It is a slow process, and you may not ever notice it. In addition, whenever you eat, the chewing forces are transferred directly to the jaw bones by your dentures. This results in re-shaping and resorption of the bone in the region where the dentures are worn.

How can I have dentures but avoid bone loss?

Advancements in dental technology allow us to offer implant-supported restorations. If you haven’t heard of dental implants, they are basically artificial tooth roots. Since an implant is secured into bone,┬áit prevents the decay of the jaw bone around it. In fact, an implant will even encourage some bone growth around it!

Therefore, if you are worried about bone loss and have lost your original teeth, you now have a better choice: full or partial dentures supported by implants. Dental implants offer several other advantages over traditional dentures as well.

What are dental implants?

Briefly, dental implants are cylindrical metallic structures which are screwed into the jaw bone, and act as artificial tooth roots. Over these implants are attached natural-looking teeth (crowns, bridges, dentures), allowing them to function and look just like natural teeth.

How do implants prevent bone loss?

Implants are made of a titanium alloy specially designed for this purpose. Titanium and its alloys used in implants have this special property of osseo-integration. That is, when the implant is screwed into the bone and allowed to stay for some time, live bone cells start growing into the surface of the metal. In a matter of just a few months, the implants become a part of the jaw bone as if they had grown into it! Now they can handle a chewing load like natural roots. Thus, implants not only prevent bone loss, but they also encourage bone formation around them!

If you are currently denture-wearer, or need to get dentures in Pensacola but are concerned about bone loss, get in touch with us and let us help!