Why Dentures don’t work well

Aside from simply being uncomfortable, there are many reasons that dentures just do not work as well as dental implants.   People who have had to transition from natural teeth to dentures experience a very great change in the ability to chew.  What this means for them is that they will have to give up those favorite foods simply because they do not possess the biting force of someone with natural or implant supported teeth.  People with natural or implant supported teeth are able to chew with a force of 150 to 250 pounds per square inch (p.s.i.).  However, in people who have dentures the p.s.i. is dramatically decreased to 50 p.s.i.  Unfortunately, the p.s.i. will further diminish over time with the pressure of chewing as it decreases the bone foundation which supports the dentures.

Dentures will slide around in your mouth and cause your gums to become irritated.  This paired with diminished biting pressure will lead to overall discomfort and the inability to chew normally.  Eating your favorite foods, such as a good steak, nuts, raw vegetables, corn-on-the-cob, and more, uncomfortable and difficult.  The loss in chewing power can lead to a poor diet, one high in carbohydrates, which will negatively affect the health of your entire body.

Dentures can become loose in your mouth.  This can give you a fear that the dentures will fall out or slip around in your mouth.

You must buy special products to care for your dentures.  Special adhesives are needed to secure the dentures to your mouth.  These are just generally messy and sticky.  Special cleaners are more difficult to use and often require soaking your teeth in them for an extended period of time, leaving your gums exposed.

Another problem that may occur with dentures is facial collapse.  It causes a larger crease under your lower lip, more lines at the corner of your mouth, the appearance of your lips will change, and the skin will look saggy on the lower half of your face. Because of facial collapse, dentures must be remade every few years to accommodate this problem.

Dentures also cover the entire roof of your mouth.  This makes tasting and feeling the texture of foods difficult.  It also diminishes feeling hot and cold sensations.

The founder of the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Mayo, estimates up to a 10 year decrease in the life span of those with no teeth.

Are there alternatives to wearing dentures?  Yes, implants are a wonderful alternative to dentures.  An implant procedure, such as the One Day Smile Solution, can be used in place of dentures.  An implant procedure can alleviate all of the discomfort and pain associated with wearing dentures.  Implants are affixed permanently in your mouth making you mouth look and feel natural.  Dental Implants will also restore your ability to chew making it possible to eat all of those favorite foods again.

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