Imagine you and your daughter are playing with building blocks one morning. You are building a tower with the blocks when your daughter decides she wants your spouse to see it.
Your daughter knows that your spouse is in the other room, and rather than bringing your spouse to the tower, she insists on carrying it to the other room. How confident would you be that the tower would survive the trip?
You might be more confident if you had some way of securing the blocks in place.
By now, you may be wondering what any of this has to do with dentistry. Well, in a way, it’s similar to the problems people with traditional dentures face on a regular basis.
Dentures can fall out or come loose (sometimes at really embarrassing times) if they aren’t secured in place.
If you live in or near Kennewick, WA, our dentist has a solution that can address those concerns — dental implants. If you would like to know more, keep reading or contact Marineland Dental Care.
What Dentures Can Do
Dentures have served edentulous people for a long time. And for a long time, they were the best option for someone who lost all of his or her teeth.
According to the American College of Prosthodontics, approximately 35 million people meet this definition in the United States today. Of those 23 million are missing all their teeth and 12 million are missing one complete row of teeth.
The materials used to make dentures have become more lifelike. When you are wearing them, you smile can look quite natural, and other people may not realize that you have false teeth.
Wearing dentures can make it easier to speak, too, as long as your dentures stay in place. Our teeth affect how we pronounce certain sounds. Without teeth or teeth replacements, you may have trouble expressing what you want to say.
If you have to choose between no teeth or dentures, then dentures are the better option.
What Dentures Can’t Do
As long as your dentures stay in place, they make your life easier.
But there is the rub. Dentures don’t always stay where they are supposed to be.
Dentures can fall out or come loose while you are speaking to someone. This can ruin the punchline of a joke or the sincere words you were sharing at your daughter’s wedding.
Coughing, laughing, and sneezing can make your teeth slip out of place as well.
And then there is eating.
Your traditional dentures are not going to have the same biting power as real teeth. In fact, multiple studies have shown that people with dentures have about one-fifth the bite force as people with all their natural teeth.
This may be enough to eat some things (soft foods, soups), but not nearly enough to bite into crunchier or chewier things. You may be able to eat individual kernels of corn, but corn on the cob may be gone from your diet.
Denture adhesives can help to a degree, but they can also interfere with the taste of your food.
How To Get More Out Of Your Dentures
Let’s return to our tower of blocks for a moment. One way to secure them would be to having a supporting post for the blocks.
With that in mind, what could we do to provide added support and stability to your dentures? This is where dental implants come into play.
Dental implants were created to replace the roots of missing teeth. We don’t usually see our roots because they are hidden behind our gums and anchored into our jawbones.
The relationship between our roots and our jaws is what holds our healthy teeth in place. Roots provide pressure on the jawbone. That pressure signals the jaw to create new tissue to replace its older tissue. This process keeps our jaw healthy and our teeth secure in our mouths.
When dental implants are placed in our jaws, they mimic this relationship. As a result, a series of implants becomes a solid foundation to support a set of dentures.
This is so secure that people with implant-supported dentures can regain nearly all of their original biting power. This means you can still eat soups and softer foods, but you can order the corn on the cob as well.
Are Implant-Supported Dentures Right For You?
To find out make plans to visit Marineland Dental Care in Kennewick, WA. Our dentist can help you decide if implants or mini implants could be the right fit for you and your dentures.