Dentures are dental appliances that provide quick solutions to missing teeth problems. These removable dental devices are used to replace the form and function of several or all missing teeth in a short period of time, without the long waiting time that is associated with a dental implant treatment. Partial dentures are used as teeth replacements in cases when there are several teeth that are lost due to a variety of reasons; complete dentures, on the other hand, are used as replacements when all teeth are lost on either the lower or the upper jaw.
The removable nature of dentures often results to problems concerning comfort and natural fit. These prosthetic dental devices eventually become loose with the passage of time, as the gums and jaw bone (where the tooth loss is located) change in structure without the replacement of the natural tooth root; the eventual changes or deterioration in bone and gum structure affect the appearance of a person, causing the face to take on a hollow and much older look. The dentures that once fit very comfortably and securely inside the mouth will slowly become loose and ill-fitting as time goes by – causing discomfort, pain, and embarrassment for the wearer.
Dental implants can be used to support dentures, so that the problems with uncomfortable fit with these teeth replacements can be solved. The implants are embedded into the jaw bone, and replace the function of the natural tooth root; this prevents the deterioration of both the gums and the jaw bone structure. Prevention of jaw bone and gum deterioration will in turn prevent negative changes from occurring to a persons appearance, and can also prevent a host of dental problems from developing in the long run. As the implants are securely connected directly to the jaw bone, they provide a stable anchor where the dentures can be connected to.
Dentures that are secured by dental implants will not move around involuntarily inside the mouth, as they are already securely connected to the jaw bone. Chewing and eating food will not be painful to do anymore, as the prosthetic devices will stay firmly in place with the help of the implants. The sensitive soft tissues of the mouth will not be exposed to injuries and mouth sores, which can often be problems that are associated with loose teeth replacements. Those who wear dentures that are secured by dental implants will not have to endure embarrassing episodes resulting from the unexpected movement of the prosthetic devices inside (and sometimes, even outside) the mouth, and can confidently go about normal daily activities without having to worry too much about their missing teeth replacements.