If you are one of the many individuals living with dentures, you understand that dentures are not quite a total replacement for teeth.
Instead, they are a substitute for not having any teeth. With that in mind, it’s important to remember that they will feel a bit different from your natural teeth.
In fact, if you’ve been living with dentures for 5-7 years, you might be noticing that they simply don’t fit as well as they did when you first got them. This is actually normal and occurs for a well known reason. When your teeth are extracted and your dentures are fitted, the underlying bone that formerly supported your teeth is used to support the dentures. But without your natural teeth in the jawbone, its structure is left to deteriorate. Like any muscle or system in your body, without any “activity” the bone simply begins to wither.
So what can you do? While many patients attempt to use more and more denture adhesive, it will never actually solve the problem. The only thing that will truly solve the problem is re-engaging the underlying bone that is now attempting to support your dentures.
Many times, the procedure of choice to remedy this problem is an implant supported denture.
Much like a traditional dental implant, an implant supported denture is a type of overdenture that attaches to dental implants and can be removed as-needed. An implant supported denture is recommended when there’s enough bone remaining in the jaw to support implants, as such, it is a great option for remedying the problem of Ill fitting dentures.
Implant supported dentures solve the problem of poorly fitting dentures in a few ways. First, the implants engage the jawbone and prevent further bone loss.
Second, implant supported dentures add a great deal of stability- eliminating a great deal of “float” and slippage that many denture patients complain about.
Finally, implant supported dentures also help you maintain your youthful facial appearance. By supporting your jawbone with dental implants and essentially “giving it something to do,” your face maintains its shape, instead of slowly sagging and changing appearance over time as the supporting bone disintegrates with inactivity.
Are your dentures fitting poorly? If you’re a patient in Garden Grove, we can help. For more great information on dentures and more, feel free to navigate our blog. Or, schedule a consultation to learn how we can help perfect your smile.