Can Dentures Stop Bone Loss?

Posted on 1/23/2023 by Cole Anderson, DMD, MS
Can Dentures Stop Bone Loss?Dentures are a practical and inexpensive option to replace missing teeth in one or both arches. Dentures have been used successfully for many years and have helped many people regain their confidence and self-esteem by restoring their smiles.

A denture can only replace what is above the gum line. Thus, they cannot prevent bone loss when teeth are extracted. One and only procedure that can save your jawbone is dental implants.

Missing Teeth Can Cause Bone Loss

For proper dental hygiene, you need all of your teeth. When you lose a tooth, your jawbone gradually deteriorates because the root no longer stimulates it. The loss of bone density can be concerning if many teeth are absent.

To replace an entire dental arch, a denture is the standard treatment. Replacement teeth are attached to an acrylic foundation and held in place over the gums by suction or an adhesive. Although it improves your ability to chew, speak, and smile, it will not help keep your jawbones healthy.

When compared to the traditional ones, an implant denture replaces the roots. Posts made of titanium are implanted into your bone to act as roots; typically, between four and ten of them are used.

They will give your jaw a good workout and spur new development. In a process known as osseointegration, your bone will grow to encase the posts. After the bone has healed, the denture will have a solid base, preserving your jaw's health.

Do I Have Enough Bone to Support Dental Implants?

Your dentist will conduct a comprehensive consultation to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implant surgery. Your dentist will use a CT scan to ensure that your jaw is strong enough to hold the posts.

Contact us today if you want to replace your missing teeth or learn more about dental implants.

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