- Dentures can accelerate bone loss by wearing away at the ridges of bone they are placed on. Every time you bite down or clench your teeth you are placing pressure on the ridge, resulting in its resorption. This is a primary cause of continual problems getting dentures to fit, or sore spots and difficult or painful chewing.
- After years of wearing dentures, your jawbone shrinks. When there isn’t enough jawbone density to support your facial muscles, your face begins to sag and have a shriveled appearance. The best way a denture wearer can prevent facial collapse is to support the dentures with dental implants.
- Preventing Bone Loss
- Bone loss can be prevented by giving the jawbone a replacement tooth with a root that can exert the same or similar pressure as natural teeth. This is done immediately after extraction by replacing single teeth with dental implants, or by using a fixed implant-supported bridge or denture.
- A single-tooth implant or a dental bridge with three to four teeth supported by two implants provide a chewing power of 99% of natural bite force.
- A denture secured with dental implants, such as our same day teeth procedure, provides about 70% to 80% of normal biting force and helps considerably in preventing bone loss.