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For many people dentures are a necessary but uncomfortable reality. Many wearers complain of their dentures rubbing, have problems with fit and sometimes experience embarrassment too.
We know that for some people dentures never really work out. Some patients even decide to make wearing dentures a thing of the past and opt for a full mouth of implants instead.
But there are more cost-effective solutions!
At SpaDental we encourage patients to explore all their options.
“Very pleased with my new dentures – I have had a top plate for 45 years. In this time I have had many dentures by many different dentists. My new plate is the best I have ever had. No problems from day one. Many thanks to [my dentist] for a grand job!” SP – SpaDental Plymouth patient
The main reason is that gradually reducing bone density leads to unstable dentures rubbing on increasingly sensitive soft tissue.
Because conventional dentures are supported by the soft tissue of the gums covering the jaw bones, chewing force transmits directly to the gums. Even slight movement can lead to dental sores on the gums and inner lining of the mouth. When unstable dentures rub and cause sores, it’s impossible to forget you’re wearing them. The temptation is to leave them out so the sores get better, but that’s not a look many people feel comfortable with, even with close family in the home.
Unlike implants, conventional dentures do not stimulate the jaw to maintain bone density. This is why difficulty with ill-fitting dentures becomes worse with time. The problem is more evident with lower dentures as they have less gum area for support and greater interference from tongue movement. Dental implants actually stimulate the jaw bone, so they can help maintain facial structures as well.
The dentist will conduct a thorough examination to diagnose the problem and rule out other causes for oral discomfort, such as B12/iron deficiency or infection. Then, the dentist checks the dentures for faults. Ill-fitting, worn dentures are less stable and can make a slight problem worse. The dentist will discuss with you options to restore or refit dentures. Remaking or relining your existing denture can bring relief.
If the dentures are in good working condition, but they are not meeting your needs, it may be worth asking your dentist to explain the range of implant solutions available. The implant dentist will need to assess whether implants are an option for you. Unfortunately not everyone is a suitable implant candidate as a certain level of bone density is necessary to hold the implants. Patients should be in good oral health, free from gum disease, and also in satisfactory general health.
Clips placed inside the dentures connect to the implants in the jaw bone which provide a firm anchor reducing movement. Moreover, most of the chewing forces are distributed to the implants and into the strong jaw bone, rather than onto the gum, making the denture more secure and comfortable.
A typical treatment plan involves placement of the implants, followed by a healing period of up to 3 months. During the healing time you wear your existing denture, or a temporary alternative. After technicians fit connectors inside your existing denture, or prepare a new denture, the implant dentist will place the dentures on the implants.
It’s advisable to take time before making a decision about implants. Implants are more costly than dentures, and we advise patients to read about the process and talk to friends who have had implants placed.
If you’re a denture wearer and you have questions, or you’d like to learn more about implants, why not get in touch with your nearest SpaDental practice?
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