Did you struggle with uncomfortable and ill-fitting dentures over the holidays? Were you able to eat all your favorite treats or was your choice restricted to softer, easy-to-chew foods? Perhaps your New Year’s resolution was to do something about it, but what are the options?
How to Fix Loose Dentures
You could choose to have your ill-fitting dentures remade or at least relined to get it to fit a little better, but this won’t address the underlying problem which is caused by bone loss in your jaw. Bone loss after natural teeth are removed is unavoidable as your jawbone relies on your tooth roots to provide the stimulation required to keep it strong and healthy, and to ensure old bone cells are renewed. After using dentures for a few years, this bone loss is likely to be quite noticeable and will affect the way your denture fits, reducing the retention required to hold it in place. This bone loss can be accelerated by wearing loose dentures, but there is a long-lasting solution.
Dental Implants Instead of Ill-Fitting Dentures
Dental implants are a great solution for tooth loss and this treatment can be excellent for denture wearers. You can choose to replace your ill-fitting dentures completely with a beautiful fixed arch of teeth. These teeth will look and feel very natural and are secured permanently in place so they can only be removed by a dentist. You will be able to enjoy the sensation of having teeth that are comfortable and which will not rub or slip out of place. Just imagine being able to eat a far greater range of foods than is possible when wearing full dentures.
Another alternative is to have what is called an implant supported denture, where you will still have a fully removable set of teeth, but they will clip firmly onto dental implants so they cannot move while being worn. Unlike a fixed bridge, you will need to take your teeth out each day to clean them thoroughly and to keep them fresh, whereas with a fixed bridge of teeth you will need to brush and floss thoroughly, at least twice a day to keep your dental implants clean and free from infection (Read more: Oral Hygiene Instructions).
Dental Implants Supported Dentures
A fixed arch of teeth is likely to cost a little more as you will almost certainly need a greater number of dental implants. With an implant supported denture, your teeth can be supported with relatively few implants but they will still be removable. Another advantage of an implant supported loose dentures is that the implants may be placed towards the front of the mouth, a technique that utilizes the jawbone in an area where it tends to be stronger and thicker, reducing the need for a bone graft.
As you can see, there is quite a lot to decide when considering dental implants but D&D Periodontal Associates can help. By examining your mouth and discussing your aims with you, we can determine the best treatment options and will ensure you have all the knowledge you need to make the right choice about how to replace your ill-fitting dentures.