For as long as they have been in existence, the #1 complaint about dentures is they "don't fit anymore".
A traditional denture lays on top of the gum tissue and underlying bone. It is kept in place by a snug fit. Over time, the mouth changes; jaw bone deteriorates without teeth, gums shrink, and the denture becomes loose.
Lower dentures are especially troublesome due to tongue and jaw movement and less structural support in the floor of the mouth than the upper arch.
When dentures don't fit any more, patients usually do one of the following:
- See the dentist for a reline or new denture to achieve a proper fit;
- Use denture adhesives to keep a loose denture in place;
- Get frustrated with loose, uncomfortable dentures and stop wearing them altogether.
Chewing is an important part of the digestive process, so "no teeth" is not a healthy option! Countless Americans fight with loose dentures, every day.
General and cosmetic implant dentist Dr. Phillip Durden recommends frequently recommends implant dentures for patients that struggle with poor-fitting dentures. He has provided placement of dental implants and design of custom implant dentures in his Athens area dental office for over a decade.
Dental implants can secure a denture in place for improved comfort and confidence when chewing, speaking or smiling. Contact Winterville Dental to schedule a FREE CONSULTATION to find out more about implant dentures.