Are Dentures Really Enough For You?
- February 27, 2016
If you have or need dentures, don’t you want to get the greatest benefit that you can?
If you are getting traditional dentures, which rest over your gums, then you really are missing a big opportunity.
With regular dentures, you will have to give up eating certain foods, or you will have to find a new way to eat those foods. (FYI: Not everything tastes good in a smoothie.)
But you won’t have to give up anything with implant-supported dentures.
Eating can be one of life’s little pleasures. One of the reasons we offer All-on-4 and All-on-6 dentures at Gentle Dental Care is so our patients can keep eating the foods that they enjoy.
Don’t spend another day wondering if you’ll be stuck eating soft and mushy foods for the rest of your life. Call or stop by our dentist office, which is located in Plainville, CT, to find out how implant-supported dentures can help you.
Pros And Cons Of Dentures
We don’t want you to think that traditional dentures are all bad. People have used them for years, and for most people having dentures is better than having no teeth at all.
From an aesthetic perspective, dentures can give you the appearance of having teeth. When you smile, you want some pearly whites to show. Dentures can do this for you, and they may look whiter and straighter than your real teeth did before they fell out or were removed.
If you were living with tooth decay, you may have had had toothaches. Removing those teeth and getting dentures may make your life less painful. We would agree that is a good thing.
Now for the downside, traditional dentures are not secure. Adhesives can help, but they are not going to help much when you are biting into an apple or trying to chew a piece of steak.
A person with a full set of healthy teeth has about 200 pounds of force in his or her bite. By comparison, dentures can give you a bite force closer to 50 pounds. This should explain why biting and chewing food is more difficult with dentures.
In fact, biting into some things can cause your dentures to come loose, but so can speaking. Some people find this amusing; other people find it embarrassing.
From a physical standpoint, you are likely to experience bone loss over time with traditional dentures. When you had teeth, one of the things that kept your jawbone healthy was constant stimulation from the roots of your teeth.
Dentures rest over your gums, so they don’t provide the stimulation to encourage new bone growth. As a result, your jawbone is likely to lose mass over time. This can affect your profile.
How Implants Work
Dental implants have been in use for decades, and they keep getting better. Implants are a great way to replace a missing tooth, missing teeth, or a complete arch of lost teeth.
Most tooth replacements are intended to replace the crowns of your teeth. This preserves the appearance of your smile, and to varying degrees, helps you restore some of your bite force.
Dental implants replace the roots of your teeth. Implants are titanium cylinders that are placed into your jawbone. They provide stimulation to the bone, which helps to keep the bone healthy.
This also causes the bone to bond to the implant just as it did to the root of a healthy tooth. The implant can provide a foundation for a dental crown for someone who is missing a single tooth or for a dental bridge for someone who is needs to replace multiple teeth.
And as you’ll see, a group of implants can provide support and security for a set of dentures.
All For One
We can strategically place a set of implants in your mouth to hold your dentures in place. With All-on-4, we place four dental implants, and with All-on-6, we place six implants.
After they are placed, we can attach your dentures to your implants in one of two ways. Implant-retained dentures are placed on either a ball-and-socket system or on a bar that attaches to your implants.
With implant-supported dentures, your bite force will increase as your heal from your procedure and you jawbone bonds to your implants. In a short time, you should have a bite force comparable to someone with a full set of healthy teeth.
This means you won’t have to worry about your dentures coming loose when you are dining with your friends or when you are in the middle of one of your great stories.
Get The Most From Your Dentures
Dentures are OK, but dentures placed on dental implants are almost like having a new set of teeth. If you live in or near Plainville, visit our dentist office to learn more about our All-on-4 and All-on-6 options.
To make an appointment, call Gentle Dental Care at 860-479-2397 or fill out our online form.