Traditional dentures are a cost-effective option for replacing missing teeth.
It can take a long time to adjust to dentures. Traditional dentures sit on top of your gums and rely on suction to stay in place. For this reason, dentures can shift in your mouth and might cause sore spots. Food can get under even the best of fitting dentures. Many patients have trouble getting use to their dentures for this very reason. An upper denture covers the entire roof of the mouth. This can alter taste of food because it blocks the taste buds in the roof of your mouth. The large coverage area of a denture can also cause a change in speech. A lot of factors determine if you will have a satisfying outcome with dentures, including your overall health. For example, do you take a lot of medications? This can dry out your mouth and cause an otherwise good fitting denture to fit poorly. Dry mouth is one of the biggest risks for having trouble with dentures, even if your denture is well made. There are some things that can be done to improve the likelihood of denture satisfaction. Because dentures can be removed and might shift during use, chewing ability is a lot less with dentures than with your own teeth.
The two best solutions to keep dentures stable are denture adhesive and dental implants.
Denture adhesive is an inexpensive solution but has its own set of side effects. Too much adhesive can actually cause a denture to become looser. Make sure to only use a few pea-sized drops. Denture adhesive can be hard to remove from the mouth and is often not enjoyable to use.
Dental implants are the best solution to improve the fit of dentures. Dental implants are used to replace missing roots. Dental implants are solid in the jaw and can secure prosthetic teeth in place. Four to eight implants can be placed in your jaw and prosthetic teeth can be attached to your implants. Dental implants can give you the confidence with dentures that many people are missing.