Dentures replace the function and appearance of lost natural teeth. These dental appliances have become lifesavers for countless people who have lost their teeth due to a variety of reasons, and have made it possible for those suffering from missing teeth to end their toothless condition without waiting for a long period of time. Unfortunately, the removable feature of dentures can bring more problems than solutions in the long run.
When they are created, removable dentures are designed to rest tightly against the palate and gums. Dentures are custom-made for each patient, so they are guaranteed to have a comfortable, tight fit when they are manufactured. Time, however, is not the friend of those who use removable dentures. Long-term denture wearers will notice that the teeth replacement will start to lose its comfortable fit as the years go by. This is because the jawbone underneath is continuously undergoing bone atrophy. Without the tooth roots – which were lost along with the missing teeth – the jawbone inevitably becomes thinner with time. As the jawbone becomes thinner, the gums become thinner too and will lose its ability to hold the dentures securely in place. The dentures then become loose until even the slightest movement can make them fall off completely.
Loose dentures bring significant discomfort and embarrassment to the wearer. Dentures that move uncontrollably can lead to painful mouth sores, and can even hurt the gums and the tongue. Denture movement can be embarrassing as even the simple gestures of smiling or speaking can lead to them falling out of the mouth. Denture problems can be solved with an implant treatment at the Dental Implant Group. Implants are used to hold a fixed dental bridge securely in place so there will be no more worries about teeth that move unexpectedly.