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What's the Solution to Uncomfortable Dentures?
Posted on 6/5/2015 by Dr. Wagle
Losing your teeth can be traumatic. Your one saving grace is that there are dentures. So you go through the process of getting a pair of dentures and having them fitted to your mouth. Now they are in and you're ready to try them out. They work great for a while but now something is different. You realize that the dentures slip around a bit. You can't speak as well as you used to. Sure they look good, but you need them to be functional.
Back you go to have them looked at. You've added denture cream and that doesn't seem to help the slipping either and now there are sores starting to form on the roof of your mouth. This isn't at all as good as you'd hoped. What can you do when your dentures are so uncomfortable you just want to throw them across the room?
What causes Slipping?
Sometimes the ridges in a person's mouth change; these ridges are what gives the dentures stability and should hold them firm. Over time the bone thins and makes your dentures slip; just as your eyes change over time, so does the shape of your mouth. The shape of your mouth is a culprit in having loose dentures. Seeds can get caught under the dentures causing sores. No one should have to deal with this discomfort.
What can you do to Make this more Comfortable? You have probably heard of tooth implants. These implants are permanently attached to the bone in your jaw much like a real tooth. They look and perform like real teeth. Did you know that you can have dentures that snap onto these implant posts? They are called implant supported dentures. Just imagine having dentures that fasten securely to your mouth; no slipping, no gaps underneath, which means no pain. Before implant supported dentures were introduced the only option to correct ill-fitting dentures would be to mold a new set.
What is the Process to have these Implant Supported Dentures?
The first step is a consultation. During this initial consultation x-rays will be taken and molds of your gums and teeth are made. We may need to have a scan of your mouth to show where the sinus cavities are located. This will help us in the placement of the implants so they won't interfere with the sinuses.
Normally there are two surgeries for implant supported dentures. The initial surgery will place the implants in the bones of your jaw. The implants typically go in the front of the mouth as there is more bone in the front than in the back.
The second surgery is performed a few months later after the implants have had time to fuse with the bone. In the first surgery the tops of the implants are not visible above the gum line. The second surgery exposes the tops of the implants and has healing caps placed on them. These need to heal for about 2 weeks and then impressions of the gums can be taken to make the denture and teeth.
The Finished Product When you finally get your implant supported dentures (it takes about 6 months from start to finish) you will be amazed. These dentures won't slip around. You won't have to worry about them falling out of your mouth. The upper denture may even cover less of the roof of your mouth because it's attached to the front of your mouth. All this equals more comfort than the dentures you previously struggled with.
If you are ready to see the benefits of implant supported dentures, please call us at (316) 685-2731 to set an appointment today!