Losing your teeth can be difficult both physically and emotionally. We have many patients who come to our office seeking dentures because they can no longer handle living without teeth.
We should point out that several patients come to our dentist office in Reading, MA, because they are tired of fighting with their dentures, too.
There is a solution that will work for both groups of patients. It’s implant-supported dentures. This is one of the most important services we offer at First Dental Associates.
What Dental Implants Are
Dental implants are proof of what can happen when someone recognizes an opportunity.
In the 1950s, physician and researcher Dr. Per-Ingvar Brånemark was studying blood circulation in rabbits. As part of his research, he’d placed titanium cylinders in the rabbit’s legs.
He learned that bone would bond directly to titanium through a process he called osseointegration. That discovery led him to develop modern dental implants, which are not used throughout the world to replace the roots of missing teeth.
Today’s titanium implants do more than just occupy space. They are a true replacement for the roots of your lost teeth. A series of these implants can be used to secure your dentures in place without any adhesives.
Our dentist, Dr. Nasrin Sadeghi, has made continuing education a priority since graduating from Boston University’s Goldman School of Dentistry. She also has a passion for help patients feel more confident about and because of their smiles.
Call us today if you would like to learn more about how our dental implants could help you.
Living With Dentures Alone
Many patients feel more confident when they first receive dentures.
Everyone would agree that having comfortable dentures that fit well is a big improvement compared to missing a whole row or both rows of teeth.
The problem is that traditional dentures rest over your gums. With nothing to replace the roots of your missing teeth, your jawbone will shrink.
You see, your jawbone is constantly reabsorbing old tissue, which isn’t a problem as long as it continues to make new tissue that replaces what was reabsorbed. When you had your teeth, the roots signaled your jawbone to make more tissue.
Each time you bit into or chewed on something, the roots pressed into the jawbone. That stimulation was the signal to keep making new tissue.
Without roots, your jawbone stops getting those signals. It doesn’t replace the old tissue and starts to lose mass. As this happens, the shape of your mouth changes. That also leads to looser fitting dentures that are more prone to fall out while you speak or eat.
Adhesives can provide temporary relief to keep your replacement teeth in place, but the adhesive also can interfere with the taste of your food.
If we are being completely honest, even when your dentures are new, you will still have trouble eating certain foods. This goes back to the fact that there is nothing anchoring traditional dentures in place.
How Life Can Be Different With Dental Implants
Dr. Sadeghi wants you to feel confident that your dentures will remain where you want them to be. This is how dental implants affect that.
Dental implants can be placed strategically in your jaw. Together, they provide a stable foundation for your dentures. Either of our implant-supported dentures will keep things where they should be.
By replacing your root, the implants also provide the pressure that encourages new bone growth in your jaw. This won’t replace any bone mass that you’ve already lost, but it can prevent further bone loss.
The implants do more that give you confidence that you can get the punchline of your joke without your dentures falling out, however. Dental implants also add strength to your dentures.
This means your dentures will act more like real replacement teeth. You will be able to comfortably eat the foods that you could before you lost your teeth. The added power behind your bite means you’ll be able to order whatever you really want when you dine out with your family and friends.
Dentures Can Do More Than Restore Your Smile
Dentures and dental implants are a great combination that may make you feel like you have your teeth back once again.
Make an appointment online or call 781-435-7290 to find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants. At First Dental Associates, we want to do more than just help rebuild more than just your smile.