If you have traditional dentures, or those that require denture adhesives, you may find yourself needing adjustments more than you’d like. Signs that you need to have your dentures adjusted include mouth sores, gum irritations, infection and denture slipping.
Why can’t your traditional dentures retain a secure, comfortable fit? The primary culprit is bone loss. Conventional dentures rest on top of the gum and bone, which means that the jawbone is not properly stimulated as it would be if you had a natural tooth root. Therefore, over time, the alveolar bone shrinks and causes the contour of the gum ridge to change, which adversely affects the way your denture fits.
What can you do to avoid bone loss and frequent denture adjustments? Patients who want permanently secure dentures can choose to anchor their dentures with dental implants. To make it even more cost efficient and convenient, it is possible to use your existing dentures and convert them to implant supported dentures.
What if you already have significant bone loss? It may be necessary to have a bone grafting procedure before getting your dental implants. In other cases, you may qualify for All-on-4 implant dentures, which requires less bone density and uses as few as four dental implants to secure an entire arch of prosthetic teeth.
To learn your options in implant-retained dentures, call Dr. Wayne Suway of Marietta.