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People have depended on dentures for generations—and they still do. That's because they work, both in restoring dental function and a smile marred by missing teeth.

But they have one major drawback related to bone health. That's because living bone has a life cycle: as older cells die, new ones form to take their place. The pressure generated when we chew stimulates this growth. But when this stimulus goes missing along with the teeth, the cell replacement rate slows and bone volume and density gradually diminishes.

Traditional dentures can't transmit this chewing pressure stimulus. And because they rest directly on the gum ridges, they can adversely affect the underlying bone and actually accelerate bone loss.

But implant technology potentially solves this bone loss problem with dentures by using implants rather than the gums to support them. It's a two-fold benefit: first, the implants relieve much of the irritation to the gums and bone caused by traditional dentures. Primarily, though, the implants themselves can slow or even stop continuing bone loss.

Most implants are made of titanium, not only because it's compatible with the body, but also because it has an affinity with bone. Over time bone cells grow on the titanium post imbedded in the jawbone. This process not only creates stability and durability, it can improve bone health.

In recent years dentists have incorporated implants with dentures to create two exciting treatment options. With one option, the dentist installs two or more implants in the jaw, to which a specially fitted removable denture can be attached. You would still have the ease of removing the denture for cleaning, while gaining greater stability and a reduced risk of bone loss.

The other option is a fixed denture (or bridge) attached permanently to implants. For this option, a patient's jawbone must be adequate and healthy enough to support at least four to six implants. A fixed denture is also often costlier and more complex than a removable denture, but it can feel more like real teeth. It also promotes better bone health too.

Although both options are more expensive than traditional dentures, they can pay dividends for long-term dental health. Implants could help you enjoy your new dentures and resulting smile for a long time to come.

If you would like more information on dental implant-supported restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Overdentures & Fixed Dentures.”

By Western Slope Dental Center
February 18, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

What is the Right Denture for Me?

Are you about to lose teeth and worry about what to replace them with? Or perhaps you have had the same dentures for years, and now denturesthey don’t fit. You know you need a new denture, but what kind is best for you? Dentures are an important decision, and one you shouldn’t make alone. Seek out the help of the experts at Western Slope Dental Center in Grand Junction, CO. They are your denture experts in the neighborhood.

You want a denture that fits and looks great, that won’t move around, so you are confident when you speak with others. You also want to be able to eat the foods you love without problems. When you visit your Grand Junction dentist, you will experience state-of-the-art dental care and get the result you want.

You can choose from a few denture options, depending on your needs and budget. Western Slope Dental Center offers these denture options:

An immediate denture--a complete arch of teeth, either top or bottom or both that is placed immediately after your teeth are extracted. Immediate dentures allow you to go out and about with a full set of teeth without waiting. After your tissue heals completely, a conventional, more permanent denture will be made for you.

A conventional denture--a complete arch of teeth, that it is made after your tissue has healed completely from tooth extraction. The advantage to conventional dentures is you don’t have to get used to two different dentures. The process takes about 6-8 weeks.

An overdenture--can be placed if you have been able to retain some tooth roots. The overdenture fits over the top of your tooth roots, or it can also be fit over implants. The advantage to an overdenture is it will help you retain the bone in your jaw, and give you a more youthful look.

A removable partial denture--an option if you want to replace just a few teeth, not your entire arch.

If you are trying to choose the right denture, get some help from an expert and call the skilled professionals at Western Slope Dental Center in Grand Junction, CO. They can help you with your new smile, so call today!