It’s not uncommon for people to have to wear full dentures. While full dentures are a reasonable substitute for natural teeth, they are certainly not perfect, and many people who have been wearing for them for a while will find they develop problems.

Problems with Dentures

Once all your natural teeth are extracted, then the bone in your jaw will gradually begin to reabsorb or disappear. This is because natural teeth have quite long roots that extend into your jawbone. Every time you bite on a natural tooth then some of the forces are transmitted right through the crown of the tooth, into the tooth root, and out into the surrounding bone. This tells the bone to keep growing so it renews old bone cells, ensuring the bone stays healthy and strong. Once the tooth roots are removed then the bone has no reason to keep on growing, and it is gradually lost.

If you wear a lower denture then this is likely to be particularly evident after you’ve had it for just a few years. You’ll probably notice the bony ridge that used to support your teeth is gradually becoming flatter. This can create major problems with trying to hold a lower denture in place, as it will gradually lose retention. The end result could mean you are able to eat fewer foods than before and you’ll probably find that you are constantly worried about it slipping and moving around when you’re talking or socialising with others. You could try having the denture relined, or you can opt to use denture adhesives, but these can be messy and quite expensive to buy.

The Solution

The solution could be to visit Portobello Dental Clinic to find out if you’re suitable to have an implant supported denture. This is a denture that is secured to four or more implants in your jaw so it can no longer move around. Most implant supported dentures are used to replace lower dentures, but they can also be used to replace upper dentures. If you’re interested in this option, then it’s worth bearing in mind that you’ll probably need a few more implants to hold the upper denture firmly in position.

If you choose this option to secure an upper denture then it can be constructed slightly differently. Upper dentures are made to cover all of the upper palate, as this is necessary to provide good retention. If your upper denture is secured with dental implants in Dublin, then it can be constructed in a horseshoe shape, leaving the upper palate uncovered. Your upper palate contains lots of taste buds, so it can make eating rather more interesting!

One of the major advantages of this treatment is that it only needs a few implants, and this can help to bring the cost of the treatment within reach of many more people. The denture either clips onto a bar that is attached to the implants, or your denture will have a socket attachment that fits firmly onto ball shaped attachments on the implants. You will still need to take your denture out each day to thoroughly clean it and the attachments, and it’s very important that you clean around the implants.

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