Most people have seen the funny videos of people accidentally losing their dentures while blowing out candles, biting down on an apple or even sneezing! But if it happens to you, it may not be quite as humorous.
The truth is, regular dentures – even though they replace missing teeth – come with their own challenges. Their removable nature often makes them ill-fitting, causing discomfort and often causes poor compliance. What use are dentures if you don’t want to wear them?!
The problem is, dentures don’t address the issue of missing tooth roots, which over time will cause the jawbone to diminish in size and cause the dentures to become ill-fitting.
The solution? Implant-supported dentures.
An implant-supported denture is a type of overdenture that is supported by and attached to dental implants. A dental implant is a titanium post (like a tooth root) that is surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath the gum line. Implants allow dentists to mount replacement teeth, a bridge or in this case, implant supported dentures, into that area.
Benefits of Implant-Supported Dentures
Diminish the Discomfort
Loose dentures can rub sores against the delicate internal mouth tissues, the tongue and the gums. This continuous rubbing of the hard denture material frequently causes mouth ulcers, which often worsen and can, over time, affect the fit of the dentures. Dentures that are secured with dental implants won’t move inside the mouth and therefore reduces discomfort and ulcerations.
Eliminate the Embarrassment
Removable dentures can get loose and fall out of your mouth with a cough or sneeze. Remember the video that went viral? Scenes of dentures abruptly dropping out from the mouth while smiling, talking or eating are exceptionally humiliating. The denture wearer can become timid with the thought that even a little mouth movement can make the dentures drop out. Implant-secured dentures won’t move around or fall out. Securing the dentures with dental implants can adequately put a stop to humiliating scenes, and can boost self-confidence.
Beat the Bone Deterioration
Removable dentures alone don’t address the loss of tooth roots (which have been uprooted with the lost regular teeth). This results in the shrinkage of the jawbone with the progression of time. Research shows that once the teeth are removed, the jaw bone shrinks and changes shape. Dental implants are used to help dentures give strength and support that the jawbone has lost.
OnSite Dental DFW specializes in mobile comprehensive dental care for seniors in the comfort of their own surroundings. And we do so much more than teeth cleanings! Just about anything you (or the senior you care for) might need, we are equipped to handle – including implant-supported dentures. Getting started with OnSite Dental DFW is easy. Just contact us here and we’ll be in touch shortly.