People with dentures often suffer a number of different compromises. There are a few basic causes of the problems.
People with dentures and partials often suffer a number of different compromises. There are a few basic causes of the problems.
First of all, dentures and partials are artificial substitutes that are nothing like the original teeth they’re replacing. Dentures are much larger than the teeth they replace. Because of the size difference, most patients who have them merely survive with dentures for lack of a better alternative.
Second, bite force is reduced by as much as 75%. When attempting to chew food, denture wearers must chew much longer than non-denture wearers. Most of the time denture wearers substitute softer, fattier foods for their preferred foods, simply because they’re easier to eat with teeth that shift around while they’re trying to chew.
Third, as the mouth remodels (loses bone) after tooth loss, the dentures begin to become loose and move around. Many times, a denture wearer must compensate for this slippage by using adhesives, retraining their facial muscles to chew very carefully and deliberately, guarding their enthusiasm.
Dental implants have given denture wearers hope. As few as two dental implants can solve all of the above problems. If a patient chooses more than two implants, the possibilities for improvement are dramatically increased. Many patients choose to use more implants and do away with dentures altogether, opting instead for teeth that are fixed in place (non-removable).
Just two implants will stabilize a (snap-on, removable) denture well enough to great improve chewing ability and comfort. This is the least expensive option for denture wearers to get some retention and significantly increase the pleasure and comfort of eating.
With partial dentures, these rely on an acrylic base that rest directly on the gums, and clasps that wrap around adjacent teeth for support. The problem most people face with partial dentures, is the shifting of them while they are chewing food, and food getting trapped underneath the base of the partial and between the prosthesis and the supporting natural remaining teeth. These are made stronger with metal bases, but they still sit directly on the gums and have clasps that go around a few select teeth to hold them in place. Many people with partial dentures will opt to just take them out when they’re eating at home alone, and nobody can see them, because of the difficulty and discomfort while eating. They often find it more comfortable to eat, even with missing teeth, than with a prosthesis that shifts around while they’re chewing.
Dental Implants can be used to support partial dentures in the same manner as they do with overdentures. Instead of clasps wrapping around other teeth to lend them support, the implants are placed in strategic places where teeth are missing and the partial snaps onto the implants and is supported by them, making chewing more predictable, stable and comfortable.
Dental specialists called Prosthodontists are the experts in dental implant and prosthetic treatments. A Prosthodontist is also the expert in crowns, bridges, dentures and partials.
If you’re unable to get implants, for some reason, and are limited to a partial or a denture, a Prosthodontist has the best chance of designing and fabricating one that will serve you with the least amount of discomfort. But dental implants – are the best solution to these problems.