I’ve worn dentures since 2002. They fit pretty well in the past considering that they are dentures. About 10 years ago I got my first cosmetic dentures and I really like them. They actually look natural. So I am sold on them. Now the problem is getting dentures to fit and stay fit. I know that my jawbone is shrinking so my dentist switched me over to a soft denture. When I first got it, it felt really good on the sore spots on my bone. It just doesn’t last long. When I am at home and not eating I take my dentures out. If I don’t have to wear them, I don’t. My dentist is always willing to reline them for me but I am frustrated about this. Taking the dentures in and out is annoying. Maybe I just need to change my viewpoint and be glad that I can afford dentures. Before I resign to that, is there another form of lining that may help me get more comfort out of my dentures? Thank you. Agatha
Agatha – Soft-lined dentures are more comfortable, but they typically do not last as long as a hard reline. Those are the only options available for relining the oral appliance.
Your dentist may have had this conversation with you already, but it may be time to consider supporting your dentures with dental implants. The implants will:
- Prevent the dentures from resting on your jawbone and accelerating shrinkage
- Improve your chewing efficiency
- Feel more like your natural teeth
- Prevent the dentures from slipping around or falling out
- Stimulate jawbone growth and prevent further shrinkage in the vicinity of the implants.
As few as two implants can be used to stabilize your dentures, but the more implants you receive, the better results you will get. If you can only start with two implants, your dentist can help you plan to receive another set in the future.
If you decide to receive implants be certain to find a highly trained and experienced implant dentist to do the work.
This post is sponsored by Naperville implant dentist and prosthodontist Dr. Anthony LaVacca.