For years, the most common way of restoring missing teeth has been with traditional dentures, but they suffer from wear and tare over time. This can leave you asking, “Do I need new dentures?” Your dentist weighs in with information that clears any possible confusion and also discusses an alternative that delivers an even more secure fit. Read on to learn more!
How Traditional Dentures Fail Over Time
Typically, traditional dentures last 10 to 15 years. One thing to take into consideration is that when they fail, it’s not always due to their dysfunction. Instead, it can come from the patient’s bone loss over time, which leads to an improper fit.
Here are some examples of how the failure can show up:
- Denture Pain – Because dentures remain in constant contact with your soft tissues while worn, they can cause mouth sores to develop over time, which can lead to discomfort and an inability to eat.
- Wobbly Dentures – The environment of the mouth is very dynamic, which means dentures can eventually begin to slip and wobble while being worn. This is partly due to the fact that they are held in place only by gravity, adhesive and suction.
- Dentures That Fall Out – One of the worse things that can happen is for dentures to fall completely out of your mouth, but it’s possible if your soft tissues have receded and the proper suction and adhesion aren’t maintained.
Solutions for Repairing Dentures
One of the ways to repair dentures is with the relining process. It involves replacing the plastic that directly rests on the gum tissue. If the dentures have already undergone extensive repair, this option may not be a viable solution.
An Alternative That Makes a Difference
Thankfully, there is a way to eliminate the problem of poorly fitting dentures. The solution is the dental implant process.
Many of the issues with poorly fitting prosthetics stem from the fact that they rest on the gums and don’t recreate the natural environment, which includes roots that attach to the underlying jawbone. The tension provided by the roots contributes to the constant creation of new bone cells that support the entire facial structure.
When a dental implant is inserted, it bonds with the existing bone and forms a strong foundation. After a period of healing, an abutment is affixed to it that allows a restoration to be attached to it. If a whole arch is missing, dental implants will be strategically placed so that implant-retained dentures can be securely fastened to them. This provides a level of security that is unmatched by traditional dentures.
To learn more about the dental implant process and how you can experience better oral function and an aesthetically-pleasing smile, reach out to your dentist to schedule a consultation today.
About the Author
Dr. John S. Keadle earned his dental degree from the West Virginia University School of Dentistry. As part of his postgraduate training, he spent a year of intense study in the area of Dental Implant Surgery and Restoration at Midwest Implant Institute. Dr. Keadle has gone on to be honored as a Top Dentist in North Carolina by the International Association of Dentists and helps patients regain their way of life by repairing dentures and placing dental implants at New Smile Carolina. He can be reached for more information through his website.