June 18, 2016
Imagine opening your mouth to speak to a friend or colleague and having your teeth fall down! This would be most people’s worst nightmare, but it’s actually a reality for some denture wearers. When your dentures don’t fit properly, it becomes difficult to talk, chew, eat, and even smile without them moving or shifting. This can lead to some frustrating and embarrassing situations! We’re going to discuss the importance of properly fitting dentures in Beaumont, and what some of your options are for a better fit.
Why Do My Dentures No Longer Fit Properly?
When you wear dentures, there is constant pressure on your gum tissues and bone for support. Your denture relies on suction to the bone and tissues for a snug fit. Over time, your bone will begin to resorb, or deteriorate which changes the way your denture fits. You may find yourself struggling with a denture that moves or slips when you’re talking, chewing and eating.
What are my Options for a Better Fit?
If your dentures are not fitting as well as they used to, it’s time to have a discussion with your dental provider. You may need a denture reline, which entails adding material to your denture to help it fit better. Your dentist may choose to do this while you’re in the chair with a moldable material, which is more of a temporary solution. The other option is to have a dental lab add more permanent material to your denture for a better fit, however you may be without your teeth for a day.
Dental implants may also be a solution for providing a more secure fitting denture. Your dental provider can discuss dental implants with you, explain the procedure and how it works, and determine if they’re an option for you with a thorough examination and some x-rays.
What is an Implant Supported Denture?
Dental implants can be strategically place in your bone to create a stable foundation for your denture. After your implants have had time to heal, your dentist will attach your dentures to the implants, which creates secure fit so your denture won’t move or slip during eating or talking. Another benefit of implant supported dentures is that the implants help reduce bone loss by keeping your jawbone healthy and stimulated.
At West End Dental Group, Dr. Michael Olson is your premiere restorative dentist in Beaumont and he specializes in helping patients restore and maintain their smiles. Whether you’re struggling with ill-fitting dentures, or perhaps you’re considering options for replacing missing teeth, Dr. Olson has the knowledge and experience to help you select the right option for restoring beauty and function to your smile. Contact our office today to learn more about your options.
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