Your smile looks fine most of the time, and usually, you aren’t self-conscious about speaking.
Then again, sometimes your dentures slip out of position. That can be a little embarrassing, especially in social situations. So far, no one has laughed at you, but you also wonder what people say when you aren’t around.
You wish there was some way to keep your dentures securely in place. You have used denture adhesives, but those are a temporary fix at best.
Maybe it’s time for you to think about getting dental implants. Maybe it’s time for you to schedule an appointment with Ira J. Moin, D.D.S. in Encino, CA.
The Downsides of Dentures
Dentures have been used for a long time because they were the best option for many people. As a result, people just accepted dentures for what they were and got by the best they could.
They lived with knowing they could no longer eat a lot of their favorite foods. Dentures just made things like corn on the cob too different to bite. Even chewier foods like steak and chicken became more of a chore than a pleasure to eat.
Soup was still safe, but most of us don’t want to eat soup every day.
Various studies have demonstrated pretty clearly that people with dentures don’t have nearly the same bite force as someone with all of his or her teeth.
Experts estimate the average person has a bite force between 200 and 250 pounds. Dentures-wearers, on the other hand, have a bite force of closer to 50 pounds.
That’s a big difference when you are trying to eat.
You can make your dentures a little more secure by using an adhesive. The problem with that is the adhesive can interfere with the taste of your food. Plus, it can sometimes be hard to remove.
If you have your dentures long enough, you may also notice that they don’t fit as comfortably as they did when you first got them.
There’s probably a good reason for that. You may be losing bone density.
When you had teeth, the roots of those teeth were anchored into your jawbone. Every bite you took pushed the roots into the bone. This signaled the bone to continue making new tissue to replace the older tissue that we resorbed.
Without roots, your jawbone does not get the signals it needs to continue making new tissue. The net result is your jaw loses mass and density. Gradually this changes the shape of your jaw, which affects how your dentures fit in your mouth.
Do Right With Dental Implants
Dental implants were created to replace the roots of your missing teeth. They are made with titanium, which allows osseointegration to take place. This is when your bone bonds directly to your implant (just like it did with the roots of your natural teeth).
A series of implants can be placed into your jaw to support your dentures. You will need some time for your mouth to heal after this procedure, but when it does, your dentures will be able to support the load of your dentures.
In some cases, you will need new dentures. In other cases, we may be able to retrofit your dentures so they can be attached to your implants.
This can be done with implant-supported or implant-retained dentures.
Implant-supported dentures are connected to a bar, and that bar is attached to the dental implants. With implant-retained dentures, ball attachments are placed on the ends of the implants. Those connections hold the dentures in place.
Security And Stability (No Adhesive Required)
Implant-supported and implant-retained dentures are more stable and more secure than traditional dentures.
You can feel confident that they will remain in place, and you won’t need to use an adhesive to keep them where they are supposed to be.
Patients with dentures and dental implants often find with time that they can regain a lot of their original bite force. This means they don’t have to scan the menu for the things they can eat. Instead, they can order the things they want to eat.
Upgrade Your Dentures
If you are tired of living with the limitations of traditional dentures, make plans to speak with Ira J. Moin, D.D.S. Our office serves patients in Encino, CA, and the surrounding areas.