You Have Other Options Than Dentures:
Mrs. Smith, 65, had worn full dentures for about 10 years. She lost her teeth due to gum disease and decay at an early age and was given full dentures. She remembers when she first got the dentures: “big, clonky pieces of plastic which were really tough to get used to. It caused me to gag a lot, and the best I could eat were mashed potatoes and pureed apples. It never really fit well, so I started getting sore spots all the time. My dentist tried to reline them a few times, but it would only remain comfortable for a short time. Over the next several years, I had to get more relines as the dentures seemed to have less hold on my jaw bone. Dentures got thicker and heavier and would slip all the time. It was not till recently that I realized my jaw bone was gradually melting away from the pressure of dentures on my gums. I tried using denture glues, but they didn’t really work well and I was spending a lot of money. The denture is so loose now that I cannot keep it in place, even during normal talking. It’s really embarrassing. I like to go out a lot and spend time with family and friends. And I also like to eat. But just can’t. It’s just horrible.”
Mrs. Smith had two dental implants placed during a 30-minute procedure under IV sedation, and was allowed to heal for 6 weeks before a new overdenture was made for her. It has attachments that fit over the implants and snaps into place. She has been using the new prosthesis for about a year and is very pleased and happy with it. She is social again and enjoying her favorite foods. She is saving money by not having to buy denture adhesives.
Stories like this are not uncommon. People are living longer and healthier lives, and dentures aren’t compatible with an active and healthy lifestyle. In addition, denture-wearers may have difficulty getting proper nutrition. But you don’t have to put up with dentures. There are better solutions.
Questions You Might Have:
- What are my treatment choices?
- Can I get a fixed denture that does not come out?
- What will I be able to eat? Does it look natural?
- What is the ‘Teeth-In-A-Day’ concept?
- Do I have enough bone for implants?
- How many implants do I need?
- How long do I have to wait before I get my new prosthesis?
- What do I use while the implants are healing?
- Am I too old for implants?
- Does it hurt?
- How much is it?