Dental Implants are the best new thing to come along in dentistry in the last 100 years. With regular dentures and no implants, a patient has only about 5% chewing ability. Contrast that with implants, a patient can regain 80% or more of their chewing ability. Therefore, the preferred method of tooth replacement is the dental implant.
Dental implants act as a support for full and partial dentures because the implants integrate with the bone to act as an anchor for the replacement teeth, substituting for tooth roots.
For this reason, the implant-retained denture can also help preserve the bone by providing stimulation that was previously provided by the natural tooth root system. This helps to maintain the integrity of your facial structure and stops your bone from deteriorating with time. Think of it like exercising – if you stop moving a particular muscle, the body thinks it is no longer necessary to keep that muscle, it then begins to diminish in size.
When your teeth fall out - along with the roots, the jaw underneath no longer feels stimulation and beings to deteriorate. Implants ‘trick’ the body into thinking there are roots (and a tooth), and so the bone remains intact, along with your jawline and facial structure.
Implants can be used to replace a single lost tooth or many missing teeth. Many patients who have chosen implant supported teeth report they are happy and comfortable for the first time since the loss of their natural teeth.
Today implant retained dentures are more stable and have more of a “real” feeling than most types of dentures. They are the closest possible replacement for natural teeth, and the best way to restore your natural smile. The cost of these implants today has become very affordable.