Denture wearers typically experience the same thing at one time or another. They notice their once-snug denture doesn’t fit quite as well. This may first be evident while eating, which tends to prompt more frequent application of denture adhesive.
When it comes to a denture that moves, the problem doesn’t lie with the denture. It exists with the ‘ridge’ that the denture sits on.
A denture is designed to replace the presence of teeth above the gum line. Yet, what occurs beneath the gums has far more to do with how well a denture fits and functions.
Let’s go back to when your natural teeth were still present. Their roots were held by the upper and lower jaw bones. Not only did the tooth roots provide nourishment to the bone, they stimulated it. This interaction helped the jaw to maintain a healthy mass.
When your teeth were removed, the presence of their roots were lost, too. This left the jaw bone without the nourishment and stimulation that enabled the bone to thrive. Without this, the bone began to shrink.
This ‘melting away’ process of the jaw bone is known as resorption. The process of resorption begins slowly. However, with each passing year, it continues at a more accelerated pace.
While missing tooth roots cause the jaw bone to shrink, the pressure from wearing dentures or partials speeds the process more. For those who sleep in their dentures, the continual pressure on the ‘ridge’ accelerates it at an even greater pace.
When a denture is first made, it is custom-contoured to fit the unique shape of your upper or lower gum ridge. Once you became accustomed to having something ‘foreign’ in your mouth, your ability to eat and speak probably became more comfortable.
Yet, when a decline in bone mass changes the shape of the ridge, a denture has less of a foundation to hug. This is when slips occur while eating or you experience uncomfortable rubbing when chewing.
Once these problems begin, they continue until relines are done. A reline reshapes the inside of a denture’s gum base so it fits the current contours of the ridge, which is now flatter.
A reline only solves the problem temporarily, however. Because the bone still lacks stimulation, it will continue to shrink. And eventually, you’re back to square one… a wobbly denture, another reline and so on. It’s a vicious cycle.
This is why so many adults are choosing dental implants to replace missing teeth. Because the implanted portion is positioned in the jaw bone, just as natural tooth roots, it restores stimulation to the bone. This halts the process of bone loss.
Additionally, dental implants restore biting and chewing stability. Because implants have the same foundation that natural tooth roots once had, they provide a secure, sturdy bedrock so you can eat the foods you love again without discomfort or worry.
No more sore spots. No more embarrassing slips. No more avoiding certain foods.
Think about it this way. Let’s say you build a home that sits on the ground without a foundation. Although the land was leveled out when the home was first built, over time the ground erodes. So each time it rains or varmints burrow under the home, the groundwork changes a bit.
You can imagine how uncertain this can be to the sound structure of a home. It’s the same in your mouth. The foundation of your teeth must be stable and dependable to avoid problems in the future.
This is also why dental implants are such a practical investment. Dental implants are like real teeth because they are supported just like real teeth. Too, implants will not cause problems to the gums nor limit you on what you can comfortably bite and chew.
An added bonus of dental implants is their longevity. With proper placement and maintenance, your dental implants should last your lifetime. In today’s world, that’s an investment that’s hard to beat!
Dental implants come in many shapes and sizes, each designed to accommodate specific needs. As a dentist who has decades of experience and advanced training in the diagnosis and placement of all types, I’ll be happy to discuss your individual situation and make recommendations.
Call 910-254-4555 and ask for a no-charge consultation. During this time, I can also introduce you to our Financial Coordinator. She will explain easy payment options that break treatment fees into affordable monthly payments.
If your denture is ‘rocky’ now, it’s instability will only continue. Let’s help you achieve a confident smile that you’ll enjoy all day, every day!