For many years, dentures have been a popular method of replacing missing teeth, and even though newer treatments, such as dental implants have grown in popularity, dentures still remain hugely popular.
However, one drawback of dentures when compared to dental implants is in the way they fit into the patient’s mouth. While dental implants are inserted directly into the patient’s jaw bone, and so do not become loose; the pressure exerted on the gum tissues by dentures can often lead to the gum tissue becoming more pliable, while the jaw bone can shrink and erode.
When this occurs, dentures lose their once-snug fit, and begin to feel loose in the mouth; even in cases where denture adhesives are used. As a result, this can affect a person’s confidence in social situations, where they may feel afraid of their dentures slipping whilst eating or talking to others, or worse still, falling out completely.
Although dentures can often be adjusted in order to provide a better fit once they have become loose in the first place, any adjustment made is only a temporary solution, and dentures will once again begin to feel loose after a time. Dental implants, however, negate that issue by being placed directly into the patient’s jaw bone, which helps keep gum tissue and bone loss to a minimum.
As a permanent solution to dentures, as well as to avoid dentures’ potential for embarrassment, All-on-4 dental implants are an ideal alternative; offering strength and support for oral functions such as biting and chewing, and even speech – all of which can be compromised by ill-fitting dentures.
Contact the office of Dr. K at Elegant Smiles today for more information and to schedule your professional consultation today.