Most people who wear dentures for a long time are eventually confronted with a frustrating and embarrassing problem: loose dentures. What may have been a functional dental appliance, with a dependable fit, starts to slide, click and feel uncomfortable.
Loose dentures, particularly those worn on the lower gumline, are a common problem and bone loss is the culprit. That is because when teeth are missing, the jawbone no longer receives stimulation from the tooth roots, which causes bone to deteriorate. Now the jawbone is changing shape and unable to provide the support that dentures need to stay in place.
Loose dentures are usually more of a problem on the lower gums where the tongue is constantly pushing against them. Upper dentures in adults tend to be more stable because they have an artificial palate that covers the roof of the mouth, which creates suction to keep them in place.
Dental Implants Improve Dentures in Adults
Dental implants from Dr. Robert Hawke put an end to loose dentures in adults. Dental implants are surgically placed in the jaw to permanently replace and mimic real tooth roots by stimulating and strengthening the jawbone. Some patients will avoid the hassle of loose dentures by getting a full set of lower jaw dental implants and crowns.
But there is another affordable solution to loose dentures called the overdenture. The overdenture is a removal denture that locks onto two strategically placed dental implants for a tight, dependable fit. Unlike traditional dentures in adults, implant supported dentures deliver lasting functionality. No more loose dentures and, according to studies, people who wear the overdenture experience better quality of life, mostly because they are able to eat more nutritiously and socialize freely without fear or embarrassment of having loose dentures that slip and click.
Do not put up with loose dentures anymore. Call us today to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Hawke.