Your dentures slip out of place when you try to bite into something. You have to chew longer to eat certain foods. Your “teeth” have slipped out of place while you were talking to someone.
And the longer your have your braces, the more often these things seem to happen.
Anyone with dentures can relate to these problems.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. You could have dentures that remain securely in place no matter what you are eating or how long you talk.
You could get dental implants to make your dentures more stable and to let you put more power behind each bite that you take. You can learn more about implants by talking to Dr. Nasrin Sadeghi, our dentist in Reading, MA. To get started, contact First Dental Associates online to call 781-435-7290.
The ‘Root’ Of The Problems With Dentures
Traditional dentures are designed to rest over your gums. When you first get your dentures, they feel like they were designed just for your mouth, and they probably were.
The problem is that your mouth changes the longer you have traditional dentures. With traditional dentures, you have replaced the crowns of your teeth, but you don’t have a substitute for the roots of your teeth. Your roots were embedded in your jawbone.
This was a mutually beneficial relationship. Your jawbone held your roots in place. This connection allowed you to generate between 200 and 250 pounds of pressure (on average) with your bite. That was more than enough to eat whatever you wanted without much effort.
Eating wasn’t a chore. It was something you could enjoy.
But something else was happening, too. With every bite and every chew, you were pushing your roots into your jawbone. This stimulation was like a signal to your jaw to continue making new bone tissue. As older tissue was resorbed, the new tissue maintained your jaw’s shape and size.
Without your teeth, there was nothing to push into your jawbone. As a result, your jaw either stopped making new tissue or it didn’t make enough new tissue to replace the older tissue as it was resorbed.
As a result, your jaw started to shrink.
Since traditional dentures rest outside your gums, they don’t really address this issue. Even though your smile may look natural with dentures, you don’t have a direct connection to your jaw.
As your jaw continues to shrink, the shape of your mouth changes. That affects how well (or how poorly) your dentures fit.
Replacing Your Roots With Dental Implants
Modern dental implants were developed to replace the roots of missing teeth. Implants have been used for decades to help patients all over the world get much more than they could with dentures alone.
We’ve seen those results at our dentist office in Reading, MA, as well.
Implant-supported dentures do more than just improve the appearance of your smile. They also recreate the relationship between your roots and your jawbone, and that has multiple benefits for you.
With implants in your mouth, you will have something that creates a direct connection between your dentures and jawbone. This causes the implants to press into your jaw every time you eat, and this is just what your jaw needs to continue making new bone tissue.
That means you can maintain the size and shape of your jaw, which makes you dentures feel more comfortable in your mouth.
After you heal from you implant placement and your dentures are attached, you could generate nearly as much force as someone who still has all of his or her teeth. This means you can eat comfortably and with confidence that your teeth replacements will remain in place.
If you trust your dentures to stay in place when you bite into an apple, then you won’t be worried about losing your dentures when you are sharing stories from your last vacation, either.
Which Would You Prefer?
You could get traditional dentures. They are less expensive up front, but you will have to deal with the issues that come with the continued changes taking place in your mouth. That may include replacing your dentures every few years.
Or you could get dental implant-supported dentures. With implants from First Dental Associates, you can feel confident that your new “teeth” will stay secure for years, if not decades, to come.
Call 781-435-7290 or contact us online today if you would like to learn more.