Do you know someone with dentures? More specifically, do you know someone who has worn full dentures for a while?
Have you noticed how his or her face has changed?
You may be wondering why his or her face appears “sunken in.” This may be due to bone loss in their jaw, and it can be directly related to losing his or her teeth.
If you are missing teeth, you have dentures, or you are thinking of getting dentures, you should learn how All-on-4® or All-on-6® dental implants can make your dentures even better.
At Advanced Dental Associates, our dentists are helping patients in and around San Antonio do more than they could have imagined with traditional dentures.
How Tooth Loss Leads To Bone Loss
Your teeth and your jawbones have a mutually beneficial relationship. Like a good marriage, they support one another, and each makes the other one stronger.
The roots are the anchors of your teeth. They press into your jawbone, and the jawbone holds them firmly in place.
The roots help the jawbone by providing regular stimulation. When you bite into something or chew on a piece of food, you are pressing your teeth into your jawbone.
This leads to new growth, which keeps the bone healthy and strong.
Now take out one tooth. This might not seem like a big deal at first.
If you don’t replace that tooth, then the bone in that part of your mouth will stop receiving regular stimulation. Instead of growing new healthy bone, you will begin losing bone density.
Within one year, you can lose up to 25 percent of the bone density in that part of your mouth. As the bone loss continues, it may affect the neighboring teeth. They can come loose or fall out.
As you lose more teeth, your bone loss will continue to spread.
Now imagine that you don’t have any teeth. With no roots, your jawbones are receiving little stimulation (if they are receiving any). Lose bone density can and will change the shape of your face.
How To Prevent Bone Loss
To fight bone loss, you need to replace your missing teeth. And dentures don’t do that, or rather, they don’t replace all of your teeth.
Dentures replace the crowns of your teeth. This is the part of your teeth that sticks out from your gums. These can give you a nice smile, but they don’t do anything to replace your missing roots.
Thankfully, we have dental implants, which are root replacements for all practical purposes. Dental implants are titanium cylinders that we can place into your jaw.
Just like your roots, implants encourage new bone growth, and the bone bonds to your implants to hold them firmly in place.
Implants can be used to support a dental crown, dental bridges, or dentures, which is our focus today.
All-on-4® Dental Implants
All-on-4® dental implants are a great innovation in modern dentistry.
We can place multiple implants in your mouth to hold your dentures in place, and yes, each implant costs money.
With All-on-4®, we carefully place (you guessed it) four dental implants in your mouth. Two are placed vertically, and two are placed diagonally. This allows you to get the maximum benefits of stability and security with fewer implants.
One of the key reasons we like All-on-4® for our patients is how it affects your bite force.
A healthy human with all of his or her teeth has a bite force between 200 and 250 pounds per square inch. A person with traditional dentures may only have a bite force of around 50 pounds per square inch. This is why your dentures can come loose when you are eating.
Since most dentures aren’t held with anything stronger than an adhesive, this also explains why dentures can come loose when you are speaking or if you need to cough or sneeze.
With All-on-4® dental implants, your dentures are held securely in place. You will regain a bite force closer to someone with all their teeth, which means you can eat any food you want to eat.
You also won’t have to worry about your dentures coming loose during a meal or a conversation.
For patients who want a little more security, we also offer All-on-6®, which uses six implants instead of four.
Don’t Lose Face Over Lost Teeth
No one likes losing teeth, but if you do, be sure to ask Advanced Dental Associates about implant-supported dentures, like All-on-4®.