For years, removable artificial teeth-like dentures (i.e., false teeth) have been used to replace missing teeth and, while these appliances are successful in providing the wearer with a way to eat, smile and speak, they also have some negative aspects. The majority of problems experienced with traditional removable dentures are caused by instability.
Previously, people who had no teeth on the top or bottom of their mouths had few options. However, today, patients can choose implant supported dentures (i.e., overdentures) instead of traditional false teeth.
Traditional Removable Dentures vs Implant Supported Dentures
Traditional false teeth do offer a solution for missing teeth; however, with recent advancements in cosmetic dentistry, they are not the ideal solution for everyone. For example, implant supported dentures are the perfect solution for individuals who do not have any teeth, but have an adequate amount of bone in their jaw to support dental implants.
How Traditional Removable Dentures Affect an Individual’s Life
Several areas of an individual’s life are affected by false teeth. Certain foods must be avoided or eaten differently (e.g., corn-on-the-cob, whole apples, etc.), and when the dentures are new, it takes some time to adjust to them. During this time, speech may be affected and mouth sores may develop.
Other ways false teeth affect an individual’s life:
- Tasting ability — An upper denture covers the roof of the mouth, which can affect an individual’s ability to taste food.
- Jawbone deterioration — When the false teeth are new, they fit well because they have been custom-designed to fit snugly around the gums; however, as time passes, the gums change.
- The dentures begin to feel loose — As the gums change, the false teeth start to feel loose. It’s at this point that instability causes them to shift, which can lead to the production of random clicking noises. In addition, the wearer may have trouble speaking clearly.
- Short-term solution for ill-fitting dentures — For many traditional denture wearers, adhesive is typically the short-term solution for instability problems. However, the concern of a shifting denture and strange noises while speaking or eating is always present. These insecurities can make meeting new people, giving a presentation at work, going on a dinner date, or eating in front of others an uncomfortable situation.
- Long-term solutions for ill-fitting, loose false teeth — There are long-term solutions for loose dentures as well. Individuals can have a brand-new set of traditional dentures made, have their current set relined, or opt for dental implant supported dentures.
Implant Supported Dentures: A Stable Tooth-Replacement Option
The instability issues with false teeth have been an ongoing problem with few solutions. Today, individuals who are missing a full set of teeth have a more stable option – implant supported dentures. This innovative solution for missing teeth is having an enormous impact on the lives of denture wearers all over the country.
Overdentures offer security because instead of resting on the gums like traditional false teeth, they snap onto dental implants via special attachments and remain in place without the need for messy adhesives.
Biting Force Variations — Natural Teeth vs Dentures vs Overdentures
Although a well-fitting set of false teeth offers the same biting force as natural teeth, once the dentures loosen, the wearer’s bite force decreases substantially. This decrease requires the jaw muscle to provide additional force. Subsequently, due to the difficulties experienced while eating, individuals avoid certain foods, which can reduce their vitamin intake and negatively affect their health.
Whereas, avoiding certain foods may not seem like a problem, according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), more than 35 million Americans have lost some, or all of their teeth. And by the age of 74, nearly 30 percent of adults in the U.S. are toothless.
It is this senior population that is at risk for negative health effects due to eating difficulties. However, since implant supported dentures remain stable, the nutritional intake and dietary quality with overdentures is comparable to that of an individual who still has his or her own natural teeth.
At First-in-Smiles Dentistry, Dr. Hiren Patel, DMD, offers full-service dentistry to individuals residing in and around the Weddington/Matthews area in North Carolina. Whether you are interested in a new set of traditional dentures or you would like to learn more about the revolutionary implant supported dentures that are now available, contact our office today at 704-844-2943 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Patel or, if you prefer, you may request an appointment using our online form by clicking here.