The Problems with Wearing Dentures
Prior to the development of dental implants, traditional dentures were the only option for replacing many teeth in a row or all of your teeth. Although traditional dentures have greatly improved in function and aesthetics as technology has advanced, there are still fundamental disadvantages with dentures that make them a less-than-ideal solution.
No matter how well a denture is made, it can still move around in your mouth, will become looser-fitting over time due to bone loss, and it provides only a fraction of the chewing power of natural teeth. Thanks to modern implant technology, Dr. Malin is able to provide implant-supported dentures and other types of full-arch replacement teeth that are stable in your mouth, remain well-fitting over time and provide nearly full chewing power. These solutions are also much more comfortable than traditional dentures.
Below are some of the problems with dentures that are eliminated by using implant-supported solutions.
Dentures cause accelerated bone loss in your jaw
The jawbone supporting your teeth needs the pressure that comes from normal biting and chewing to maintain its volume and density. When your teeth are missing, that pressure is lost and the surrounding bone gradually dissolves. When all your teeth are missing, your entire jawbone slowly loses height and thickness, causing the lower third of your face to eventually take on a “collapsed” look.
Traditional dentures do not provide the pressure needed to maintain the bone volume in your jaw. The type of pressure that dentures do place on the jaw actually accelerates bone loss and facial collapse. This is why denture wearers develop wrinkles around their mouths, overly thin lips and pointed chins. Denture wearers who have experienced extensive bone loss tend to look prematurely aged.
Dentures provide only a small fraction of the chewing power of natural teeth
Dentures provide only about 10 percent of the chewing power of natural teeth. This makes it very difficult or even impossible to chew the foods needed for proper nutrition and makes it necessary to cut many items into tiny pieces or use a blender if you are going to eat those foods at all.
Dentures are inconvenient
Dentures have to be removed to be cleaned and often have to be taken out before going to bed.
Dentures dull the senses in your mouth
Upper-arch dentures have a false palate that covers the roof of the mouth. This can substantially inhibit your sense of taste and block your perception of heat and cold while you are eating or drinking.
Dentures repeatedly lose their fit and become more loose over time
Due to the continuous bone loss in the jaw, dentures repeatedly lose their fit and need to be adjusted or replaced. Loose dentures slip or click and make noise while you eat or talk, and even well-fitting dentures may require messy adhesives to keep them in place.
Loose dentures also cause rubbing and irritation that can lead to painful sores. As the jawbone underneath a denture continues to shrink, it will become progressively more difficult to make any denture fit well at all.
Implant-supported dentures and full-arch replacement teeth restore chewing power and stability
When dental implants are used to support a full arch of replacement teeth, chewing power is greatly increased and the teeth are held firmly in place. Because they provide the jawbone with similar biting and chewing stimulation as natural teeth do, they also help to prevent bone loss.
Dr. Malin provides numerous options for implant-supported, full-arch replacement teeth that meet any need or preference. His use of state-of-the-art technology, premium implants and top-quality restorative materials assures the best results and minimally invasive, comfortable treatment. Restoring all your teeth using dental implants is a major focus of our practice.Dr. Malin is a world-renowned implantologist who instructs other dentists in dental implant treatment at several prestigious institutions.
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