If you have lost most of your teeth due to an accident or if your teeth have decomposed to the point that they need to be extracted, then you can have your mouth reconstructed. Reconstruction can occur in several different ways, but many people will opt for the placement of dental implants or dentures. Dental implants, like all on four varieties are a more permanent solution to reconstruction. The implants involve the placement of a reconstructive arch over four implants secured in the bottom jaw and four on the top jaw. There are several benefits of the implant reconstructions that should be considered when deciding on them over dentures.
Increased Tooth Support
Many people have trouble with dentures and the way they slip in the mouth. This is especially true when the dentures are first used. Over time, the dentures settle into place as the gums shrink and the artificial teeth stop moving. However, the teeth can still move to some degree when hard and crunchy foods are eaten. This can make it nearly impossible for you to eat things like corn on the cob or peanut brittle.
Dental implant reconstructions offer much more support. The implants secure directly into the jaw and the arch reconstructions are screwed down into the implants. This means the arches are secured tightly and are immovable unless the screw attachments are removed. However, they are not removed unless the implants or the reconstructive arches need to be adjusted in some way.
Increased Bone Stimulation
Dentures can often make the face appear old and sunken in. This is something that happens as the jaw bone shrinks and thins out. The cheeks then sink in and the dentures sit lower than they once did. This can give you and older looking and unnatural appearance. Not only can this make you look old, but it means that your jaw is no longer as strong as it once was.
Dental implant reconstructions do not create the same sort of jaw deterioration issue. In fact, the devices stimulate the jaw. Stimulation is how the natural teeth keep the jaw in great shape and strong over an extended period of time. When the implants stimulate the bone tissues, fresh bone cells are created so they build up around the dental implant root. This means that deterioration is far less likely. However, you should know that the jaw health can deteriorate if you do not take care of your oral health properly. Speak with your oral surgeon or general dentist, like Central PA Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons LLC, to find out about the best oral care practices to retain your reconstructions.