Problems with dentures start with the pain that occurs from improper fit and function. This pain leads to a lack of self-confidence when doing day-to-day functions such as smiling, laughing and eating. Complete tooth loss is also a major health issue. It has the same characteristics as a chronic disease and has no cure. In the past, the only option for total tooth loss was dentures.
Dentures provide a level of function for total tooth loss, but also complications. Nearly half of all people with lower dentures are not pleased with the function or comfort. This is caused by the lower dentures accelerating the deterioration of tissues by pressing down and compacting them. Studies show bone loss in the lower jaw is nearly 4x greater than the bone loss in the upper jaw. As a result, dentures feel loose because of the bone deteriorating underneath them. The bone loss results in the loss of jaw height, leading to facial structures collapsing over time.
Problems with Dentures:
Bone loss in the mouth
Face droops and collapses over time as the bone deteriorates. This shifts muscles in the facial structure.
Dentures must be thickened, or relined, to fit the changes in the mouth due to bone loss
Bad breath from the bacterial odors on the dentures.
Messy adhesives are often used to hold dentures in place. Some adhesives contain zinc which can cause neurological problems if used over a long period.
Day-to-day activities such as smiling, laughing and eating become difficult and lead to a lack in self-confidence.
Visible aging process is accelerated. The "witch’s beak" appearance alters the mouth’s appearance as the jaws deteriorate, causing the chin to jut out and up appearing too close to the nose.
Wrinkles around the mouth are increased
Pain and sore spots on gums are caused by dentures rubbing on soft tissues.
Difficulty chewing leads to nutritional and digestive problems due to the inability to fully chew and digest certain foods (such as fresh fruits and vegetables).
The Alternative: Dental Implants
Eliminate the problems of complete tooth loss with dental implants. Dentures can be stabilized and many problems can be reduced. The treatment of choice for many patients with loss of bone and lip support is a denture that fits over the dental implants.
Dr. Walden, Paducah Dental Care, lists several benefits of dental implants for stabilizing dentures:
Prevention of further bone resorption (deterioration) caused by complete tooth loss and wearing dentures.
Stabilize and improve the function of dentures with improved comfort and confidence.
Improved facial appearance including restoring lost lips and minimizing wrinkles.
Increased biting and chewing abilities allow patients to eat what they want again.
If you would like to learn more we will be offering a FREE Dental Implant Seminar Tuesday, June 13th at 5:30 pm. Seating is limited so call our office to reserve your spot, 270-444-6414.