Are Dentures Giving You All That You Need?
When you are a child and you see someone with dentures, it can be amusing or it can be a little frightening.
When you see their teeth come loose — and if you are around them long enough, they will come loose — you may find it funny that their teeth move. You might have had a grandparent who would intentionally cause his or her teeth to “fall out” just to get a laugh from you.
Then again, you may have become worried when you saw their teeth fall. You may have been scared that this could happen to you?
Today, you may be the grandparent who is missing teeth. If so, then you have a lot of company. According to the American College of Prosthodontists, an estimated 35 million Americans are missing one or both rows of their teeth.
Of that group, most have some kind of dentures. Parkway Dental would encourage you to ask if that’s really enough.
If you live in or near Snellville, GA, we would welcome you to visit our office for a consultation about implant-secured dentures.
What Are You Missing With Dentures?
For a long, long time, dentures were the best you could hope for when you lost your teeth.
Traditional dentures rest over your gums. When they stay in place, you do look like you have teeth, more or less. The type of material used to make your dentures have a big effect on how realistic they look.
At first, you may have been excited about having dentures. It’s certainly better than having no teeth at all.
You may not be able to eat corn on the cob. It may be more difficult to chew every bite of steak or chicken, but at least you don’t have to stick to soup and mashed potatoes all the time.
Over time, you will notice that your “teeth” will fall out. You may use a denture adhesive to provide temporary support from time-to-time, but that can interfere with the taste of your food.
We can’t speak for everyone, but for us, taste is a big part of what makes eating enjoyable.
The longer you have your dentures, the more you may notice that they fall out, slip out of position, or just feel uncomfortable. From time to time, you may need to have them refitted.
This is because the shape of your mouth will continue to change with traditional dentures. Since you don’t have roots, your jawbone is losing mass, and that affects the shape of your gums, which affects the fit of your dentures.
This can explain why your dentures will continue to fall out when you speak, sing, sneeze, cough, yawn, and eat.
Stronger, More Stable Dentures
We understand that wearing dentures is better than nothing, but we also understand that dentures are not the same as having natural teeth.
We are humans, and unlike other members of the animal kingdom, we can’t replace lost teeth whenever they fall out. However, we have developed better options for replacing missing teeth.
At one time, we used seashells and stones. Today, we can craft lifelike replacements and hold them securely in place with dental implants.
Implants replace the roots of our lost teeth. Implants also encourage our jaws to grow new tissue, which keeps them healthy and strong. In turn, this holds dental implants securely in place.
A series of implants can serve as a stable foundation for dentures as well. Dentures can be attached to your implants in two ways.
Implant-retained dentures are held in place by ball attachments on the abutment end of the dental implants. Implant-supported dentures are attached to a bar, which is attached to the implants.
Either of these options will make your dentures significantly more secure than denture adhesives — and implants won’t affect the taste of the food you are eating.
More importantly, implants add strength to your dentures. We can’t say you will regain 100 percent of the biting and chewing force that you had before you lost your teeth, but you should be able to eat corn on the cob comfortably and to chew on steak without straining.
Experience The Benefits Of Implant Dentures
Describing the benefits of implant-retained or implant-supported dentures doesn’t really do them justice.
The best way to understand the benefits is to experience them for yourself. You may not realize what you’ve been missing until you get them.
To find out if you are a good candidate for implant dentures, schedule a consultation with our dentists in Snellville, GA. Call (770) 676-1122 or use our online form to make an appointment at Parkway Dental.