Widespread tooth loss can occur due to severe gum disease, tooth decay, or mouth trauma, but dentures are one option available to patients to replace some or all the teeth. When receiving a full set, the teeth are removed from the mouth and a whole arch of prosthetic teeth is attached to an acrylic base…
Do Implant Supported Dentures Feel Natural?
Some patients may not have considered dentures as a tooth-replacement option due to concerns of an unnatural feeling in their mouths, but now there is another choice in implant supported dentures. There are some distinct differences between the traditional and implant supported varieties that mean the latter often feel more like natural teeth to patients.
What are the differences between types of dentures?
There are distinct differences between dentures, and understanding them can help a patient determine the type that may be a more successful fit. The following explains those contrasts in simple terms.
1. Traditional dentures
These dentures are the typical ones you see in a cartoon when someone sneezes and the dentures come flying out of their mouth. While that depiction is exaggerated, it is true that this type of denture is removable.
Denture glues and adhesive pads can hold the replacement teeth in place, but they can be loosened by eating the wrong kind of foods — too hard, chewy or hot — which can cause them to detach from the gums. People who wear traditional dentures tend to avoid certain foods in favor of softer choices that will not jeopardize the grip of denture adhesive.
These dentures must be removed and cleaned daily to keep them fresh and disinfected. A denture should not be worn during sleep to prevent drooling and to keep them from becoming a hindrance to breathing.
A dentist can prepare a patient’s mouth for the placement of dentures. They can remove teeth if necessary and help to ensure the mouth is healed and ready to receive a denture that fits down snugly against the gums. Occasional relining may be needed to keep dentures fitting properly.
2. Implant supported dentures
Unlike traditional-style dentures, no glue or adhesive is needed to keep these dentures in place. Dental implants in a few key places secure the fit of the dental plates and prevent dentures from slippage and falling out.
Almost any food can be eaten as long as it is not hard or crunchy enough to cause breakage or chipping. Hot liquids make no difference, so coffee, hot cocoa and soups can all be enjoyed by denture wearers without fear of dislodging.
While traditional dentures must be removed, soaked and brushed to remove debris, implant supported dentures can be brushed in place just as natural teeth are. The wearer does not need to worry about flossing, however, because the teeth are formed in one piece, the same as traditional dentures.
Dental professionals help get patients ready for implant supported dentures with the placement of implants in the jawbone. These implants are used to attach the entire top and bottom denture plates to the jaw in a permanent installation. Because the dentures are firmly attached, they typically feel more natural in the mouth than standard dentures.
While both types of dentures are a great help to those who have lost their natural teeth, implant supported dentures offer several benefits. A dentist can help both in deciding between the options and preparing a patient's mouth for natural-feeling denture plates.
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