Dental implants behave as a natural tooth root would, overcoming all the issues caused by missing teeth or loose dentures. They also slow bone loss from the jaw and allow strong biting and chewing.
Once a tooth is missing, the gum and bone in the area start to shrink, and the remaining natural teeth then begin to shift and lean out of place.
The jawbone will continue to recede, flattening out and changing the shape of the interior of the mouth. People with conventional dentures, that might have fit well enough at first, find that those dentures inevitably become loose and move around in the mouth.
This causes problems with speech; alters the bite; prevents you from eating crunchy or chewy foods, and can lead to damage of soft tissue inside the mouth.
As dentures are merely placed on the gum, they do nothing to halt bone loss so the jaw continues to shrink.
Without the volume or support of the jawbone, your lips and cheeks sink inwards leading to a hollow appearance, like a skull. Remaining natural teeth will continue to move further out of place, causing more problems with alignment and bite.
A dental implant slows bone loss as it takes the place of a tooth root and provides a secure anchor for crowns, bridges or dentures fixed atop. This prevents further bone loss; fills out lips and cheeks in the right place and gives proper symmetry to the face.
Using dental implants to support dentures means they are completely stable and feel exactly like natural teeth, without any of the limitations of traditional ‘false teeth’.