Denture technology is evolving rapidly, and that’s great news for patients missing all or some of their teeth because more options are becoming available. In addition, scanning techniques have dramatically improved diagnostic abilities, meaning quantity and quality of bone can be determined prior to surgical intervention.
Tooth loss can be a traumatizing event. When teeth are gone, the bone immediately begins to dissolve and shrink, both horizontally and vertically. This causes loss of support and stability for a prosthetic device (denture), meaning dentures loosen and cease to fit well, and must be relined or new ones made. But even worse, as bone loss increases, support for the mouth and face is compromised, and the negative effect on facial esthetics, speech, self-esteem, and even nutrition and overall health cannot be overstated. That is why the gold standard now in alternatives to removable dentures is dental implants, because they provide the ridge of bone that holds your teeth with continued stimulation, just like natural tooth roots, keeping the bone healthy and whole, and thus preventing features from sagging and shifting, causing that old-age sunken look.