We’ve mentioned that they have a more stable fit, so the question is how do they accomplish that? In addition to creating a firm base for your dentures, dental implants also stimulate a healthy blood flow to your gums and jaw. This blood flow naturally slows down after you have lost your teeth, which causes them to atrophy. Traditional dentures do nothing to fix this problem, which is why a snug fitting set of dentures can start to feel loose only after a few years. Dental implants help keep this part of your body healthy and stable, which means your dentures will fit better for a longer amount of time.
They also support your jawbone structurally. Natural tooth roots actually provide a lot of internal support for your jawbone that is essential to it being strong and functional. Once again, traditional dentures do nothing to restore this structure, which can drastically impact their fit over time. With dental implants, your jaw is fully supported and will stay healthier as time goes on.
Implant-retained dentures also allow for a much stronger bite force, which enables a patient to eat a wider variety of healthier foods. Bite force is usually measured with a unit called Pascals. A full set of natural teeth usually provides a person with a bite force of about 200-270 Pascals, while traditional dentures only provide about 40 Pascals. This is why many people have to drastically alter their diet. Implant-retained dentures, however, allow a patient to have a bite force of 150 Pascals or greater. This allows them to eat whatever they want with confidence. The end result is a set of teeth you can rely on whether you’re talking, eating, or simply want to play with your grandkids.