Conventional dentures do not provide the support necessary to live your life without boundaries as the denture rest on your gums. Some common denture problems include: difficulty speaking, difficulty eating, social considerations, lack of taste, bone resorption, and changes in facial appearance. Prevention is the best cure as these problems progressively get worse over time.
Difficulty speaking : Denture patients generally have difficulty speaking. Pronouncing words with "S" or "F" sounds can be difficult. In a recent study, 88% of patients with dentures stated they had difficulty with speech; of which 25% reported very difficult problems. 2
Difficulty Eating : Eating certain foods with dentures can be extremely difficult. Foods such as apples, meat, corn, nuts, lettuce and carrots pose the greatest challenge. Many of the healthiest foods simply have to be dropped from your diet - which is a big loss from a health perspective. Approximately 29% of denture patients are only able to eat soft foods. 1 When food is not chewed properly, food fragments are too large to be broken down by the digestive system. As a result, nutrients are not extracted from the food. Because of their diet, studies have indicated that patients with dentures generally have higher rates of malnutrition. 2
The masseter (jaw muscle) is one of the most powerful muscles in the human body. It can exert up to 1000 psi (pounds per square inch) in force. The reality is your gums cannot support that type of pressure. The maximum bite force for a patient with dentures is only 50 psi or 5% their original amount. Some patients who have been wearing dentures for more than 15 years only have 5.6psi (0.05%) of bite force. 3
Social Considerations : For many denture wearers, balancing false teeth with the tongue becomes almost an art form unto itself. The reality is, there are few things more embarrassing than having your dentures fall out of your mouth while eating, laughing or speaking. There are solutions which let you live your life without boundaries. Avoiding social situations is avoiding the issue.
Lack of taste : In order to stay in your mouth, dentures require the roof of your mouth to remain covered by the denture for suction. As a result, this makes it very difficult to taste your food. Dental Implants however are supported by small dental implants so the roof of your mouth can remain open.
Bone Resorption / Shrinkage : Bone resorption is the greatest problem that denture wearers face as it further decreases your ability to eat, speak and socialize. So why is bone so important? The fit of your denture is directly linked to the amount of bone remaining in your mouth. The more bone you have, the easier it is for your denture to remain firmly in place. In some cases, patients who have been wearing dentures for many years complain about the discomfort they experience. This is because the bone has receded so much that the nerve is now exposed. This can create a burning or tingling sensation. Prevention is the best cure as once this occurs there is very little which can be done. In the first year following tooth loss, there is a 25% decrease in bone. 4 In the first 3 years, 40 - 60% of the bone is lost. The pictures below illustrate bone resorption.
Facial Appearance : Bone loss can also have esthetic consequences. Wrinkle lines and the appearance of aging can also occur. Over time the bone shrinks and your teeth wear down. Your jaws will need to close down further and further. This can cause jaw pain and make you have a "sunken in" appearance. It is also common for your lower jaw to slowly stick out further which can make you look like you're frowning at all times.
Dental Implants are the only treatment option which significantly reduces or eliminates all common denture problems.
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