Dentures have a bad reputation. That’s because the traditional model relies on a perfect fit and the ability to grip onto your gum tissue to stay in place. Because that concept often fails, dentures are notorious for slipping and sliding around in your mouth, and even popping out once in a while — imagine the embarrassment.
If that thought has prevented you from looking into dentures, we’re happy to report that dentures have made a lot of progress over the years, and new implant-supported dentures are nothing like what your grandparents wore.
At Hamada Family Dentistry in San Jose, California, Dr. Jason Hamada specializes in comprehensive oral health, including restorative and cosmetic treatments, such as dental implants, Invisalign® clear aligners, and CEREC® same-day crowns.
When it comes to dentures, he offers state-of-the-art implant-supported appliances that outperform and outshine their predecessors. Here’s what you need to know.
Dentures have been around since 2500 BC. Of course, back then, they were rudimentary placeholders made of animal teeth, wood, hunks of ivory, or even harvested from human cadavers.
Over the centuries, the materials evolved and eventually landed on the acrylic appliance most people recognize today.
Today, nearly 41 million Americans sport dentures. While these removable devices serve the purpose of filling the gap, they have several drawbacks, including their unreliability. Because they only rest on your gums, they tend to shift out of position when you talk and eat, which can lead to embarrassing moments.
That’s why Dr. Hamada recommends implant dentures for our patients who are considering dentures.
This innovative improvement to the old-school version includes a titanium post that Dr. Hamada anchors to your jawbone. Your new dentures snap onto the post and stay secure in your mouth, so you can eat whatever you want and never worry about losing your teeth in the middle of a meal or conversation.
One of the most important benefits of implant dentures is that the supporting post applies pressure to your jawbone every time you bite and chew, so it helps preserve your bone tissue while completing your smile at the same time.
Missing teeth cause more than just an embarrassing smile; they can lead to serious oral health problems.
The gaps are open invitations for your other teeth to drift into the vacant area and lead to misalignments that affect the way you chew and talk.
They also create an ideal breeding ground for bacteria, which leads to gum disease.
What’s more, when you lose your teeth, your jawbone in that area no longer receives the pressure from chewing, which is the stimulus it needs to generate new bone growth. Eventually, your jaw atrophies.
Another consequence of missing teeth is that you can’t chew your food properly. Since chewing is the first step in the digestive process, partially chewed food makes more work for your gut, and you may end up with acid reflux, frequent indigestion, or other GI issues.
Finally, one of the ramifications of missing teeth that most people don’t think about is the effect it has on your facial features. Your cheeks, lips, and chin rely on the structural support of two full arches of teeth to retain their contours, so when you're missing several, your skin sinks inward and changes your appearance.
When it comes to choosing between implant dentures and the traditional version, Dr. Hamada recommends implant dentures because they’re infinitely more secure, don’t cause any discomfort, and require no breaking-in phase.
But dentures aren’t your only option for replacing missing teeth. Dental implants and the All-on-4® system are excellent ways to fill the gap and maintain your oral health.
While some folks prefer individual dental implants because they’re permanent, they can be costly. If affordability is an issue, implant-supported dentures may be the perfect solution for you. Both options leave you with natural-looking teeth that you can be proud of.
To learn more about implant dentures and our many other services, call our friendly staff to schedule an appointment or request one online today.