I hate my dentures! I can’t eat the food I want with dentures! My dentures don’t fit! My dentures give me sores! These are all common denture complaints, and our San Antonio TX dental office is working to relieve these denture problems and build patients a better, more functional smile.
According to the American College of Prosthodontists, about 20 million Americans have no remaining teeth and wear dentures to replace their missing teeth. Dentures are without question the most popular way to replace missing teeth — and they are also the most cost-effective way to replace missing teeth. Advanced Dental Associates regularly places dentures for patients missing teeth.
Today we want to explain some of the challenges of wearing dentures and outline some of the solutions.
Dentures Can Limit Food Options
Your natural teeth are your best teeth. No tooth replacement option is as good as your natural teeth. In fact, studies have found that people with dentures have only about 25 to 50 percent of the biting force of people with natural teeth. It’s common for people with dentures to avoid foods like apples, steak, pizza, or anything to sticky and chewy. Patients usually stick to a soft foods to avoid having their dentures shift around.
Dentures Often Slide Around
Dentures stay in the mouth due to fit. They sit on the gums, and often we’ll advise people to wear adhesives to get a little extra support in their dentures. New dentures often fit well, but overtime things can change. Dentures that slide around in the mouth can make it difficult to eat the food you love or create sores in the mouth. When the teeth are lost, the jaw undergoes a number of changes once the teeth are gone. The jawbone will begin to recede, which makes it difficult to find a good fit in the dentures. This change allows causes patients to develop wrinkles around the face. To keep dentures being functional, we have can reline the dentures to keep the fit snug.
Stabilize Your Dentures Today
If you have denture complaints or are tired of bad dentures, you might consider dental implants. Dr. Edwards and his team have been placing dental implants for many years. Unlike dentures, dental implants are nearly as strong as natural teeth and preserve the natural jawbone. We can place dental implants with a 95 percent success rate, and implants can last a lifetime with proper care. And you can use implants to replace single missing teeth, gaps in the smile, or to stabilize dentures.
Many of our patients without teeth have selected to replace entire arches of teeth with All-on-4 dental implants. This is a special type of implant system that uses a series of implants around the arch. Patients like this type of implant because the restorations resemble bridges. This is especially great for the upper arch because nothing obstructs the palate, allowing you to enjoy more tastes or hot and cold sensations.
If you have bad dentures or want something different, you can visit our office today to hear about your different options. Dr. Edwards will examine your mouth and give you an in-depth analysis of your needs and list your options. Give us a call today at 210-819-5233 to book a visit with us as soon as possible.