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HEY DOC, I CAN’T EAT OR TALK WITH MY FULL BOTTOM DENTURE!
CAN YOU HELP ME!? (Part 1 of 2)
Out of all the treatment modalities in dentistry, complete or full lower dentures probably have the lowest success rate. Many people who have lost their bottom teeth, especially those with their bottom teeth removed a long time ago, and have to relegate to wearing full lower dentures, often complain of their inability to keep the dentures in place for proper eating, chewing and speech. They can’t enjoy their food anymore and it becomes a social embarrassment when their full lower dentures fall out of their mouths during eating or talking at social functions or at family gatherings!
Why don’t they stay in?
Continual bone loss- After teeth are removed, human’s jaw bone will continue to shrink away in height and in width throughout the person’s lifetime. This phenomenon is due to the lack of stimulation to the jaw bone during eating and chewing through the teeth. Unfortunately, the lower jaw bone shrinks away much more rapidly than the upper jaw bone. Some research studies show that lower jaw bone can disappear up to 4X as fast as the upper jaw bone after teeth removal! The lack of lower jaw bone means the lack of suction to support a full bottom denture.
Presence of the tongue- Human’s tongue is one of the strongest muscles in the body and it can easily push on and dislodge the full bottom denture during eating and speech.
Limited surface area for denture support- A full upper denture can rely on the roof of the mouth for support and stability. The lower jaw is “U” shaped and it simply lacks the amount of surface area of bone that the upper jaw has for denture support.
What can be done?
Denture reline- As the lower jaw bone shrinks away, a space will develop between the full lower denture and the lower jaw bone. As a result, the denture does not seat tightly on the jaw bone anymore and the denture becomes loose. By having a denture reline, new plastic denture material is added to the bottom of the denture so that the lower denture will again fit tightly on the lower jaw bone. However, if the patient has lost a substantial amount of bone, denture reline will not help much at all as there is still inadequate bone for the lower denture to grip onto.
Denture adhesives- There are many types of denture adhesives/glues available over-the-counter that people can purchase to help stabilize their full bottom dentures. Again, just like denture reline, if there is inadequate bone, denture adhesives can only help marginally at best.
Dental implants- For those who have a really tough time keeping their full lower dentures in place, dental implants most likely will be the best solution to their problem. As I have discussed in my previous article, dental implants are pegs/screws made of titanium alloy that are inserted into the lower jaw bone to help stabilize and support the full lower denture. The more implants that the patient chooses to have, the more stable the denture will be, taking into consideration the anatomical boundary for the placement of the implants. After the implants are integrated into the lower jaw bone, “attachments” will be inserted into the bottom of the lower denture. The attachments will allow the lower denture to “snap” onto the heads of the implants for stability and support.
In the next article (part 2), I will examine the different types of implant treatment modalities for full lower denture stabilization.
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If you are having trouble with your lower denture or want more information call Dr. Sun at 705-324-0050 for a consultation. Victor Sun, DDS, serving the Lindsay area and surrounding Ontario community.
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Having a great smile is one of the best attributes anyone can possess. Flashing those pearly whites is seen as an indication of a warm personality and can instantly attract others. A beautiful smile builds confidence and is a key factor in retaining good health in other areas of the body.
As we age, tooth deterioration often becomes a major factor in the search options for restorative treatment. If this is the case for you, you’re not alone. Many adults have lost some or all of their teeth to a variety of causes, including tooth decay, gum disease or accidents. Dental implants are the trusted way to experience life with intact teeth again. You’ll find that the office of Dr. Victor Sun can help you on the journey to recoup the beautiful smile that’s so much a part of who you are.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small artificial tooth roots, made out of titanium metal, placed under the gum into the jawbone. Just like real teeth! Implants are not the only way to replace missing teeth; bridges and dentures are other alternatives. Dr. Sun can create the best treatment plan based on your individual needs.
What Are The Six Benefits Of Dental Implants?
1) Durability: Dental implants, if cared for properly, can often last a lifetime. Of course, good oral hygiene and regular dental visits are important.
2) Appearance: The only person who will know about your decision to have dental implants is you. Implants are made to look and feel just like your natural teeth. As a result, your self-image will remain positive since dental implants are virtually undetectable.
3) Convenience: There is no fuss over removable dentures. With dental implants, you don’t have to worry that they might slip out of position because the framework is permanent. In addition, you won’t have to deal with any messy glue that helps hold removable dentures in place.
4) Improved Speech: If you wear dentures, you no longer need to worry about slipping teeth that might cause you to slur your words.
5) Improved Self-Image: Dental implants help restore your youthful appearance and help you feel better about yourself.
6) Improved Oral Health: Unlike tooth-supported bridges, dental implants don’t involve any anchoring to your surrounding teeth. Keeping the other teeth intact makes cleaning easier, which enhances your oral health.
For more information on the benefits of dental implants and how you can take the first step towards achieving your new smile, contact Dr. Victor Sun, DDS, at your earliest convenience. Take a first look at: http://www.drvictorsun.com or call 705.324.0050. Dr. Sun and his staff can’t wait to meet you!
Dr. Victor Sun is a family dentist in Lindsay, Ontario, with keen interest in Cosmetic Dentistry, Orthodontics, and Implantology. Serving Lindsay, Cameron, Cambray, Kinmount, Kirkfield, Pontypool, Rosedale, Bethany, Woodville, Cannington, Minden, Haliburton, Oakwood, Omemee, Fenelon Falls, Little Britain, Downeyville, Dunsford, Bobcaygeon, and the surrounding communities.
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