Why Dentures Become Loose

posted: February 06, 2017

I once heard someone say, “Growing old isn’t for sissies.” While all ages have issues to deal with, mature aging comes with any number of physical hurdles. Along with things like knee and hip problems, dental problems are especially commonplace when it comes to getting older.

Over the years, it is not unusual for teeth to chip, fracture, become worn or develop cavities. As these problems pile one on top of the other, it is easy to see why tooth loss occurs. Unfortunately, the loss of one tooth triggers a domino effect. Odds are that the next tooth you will lose is one adjacent to the one lost.

When an individual has all their upper and/or lower teeth removed, a denture is created to restore the ability to speak and eat. Although a denture replaces the ‘presence’ of teeth, a new, more complex problem is occurring underneath the gum tissues.

Without natural tooth roots in the jaw bone, a process known as resorption begins. This is the decline in jaw bone mass where natural tooth roots were once held. Without their presence to nourish and stimulate the jaw bone, the bone begins to shrink.

When a denture is first made, it is designed to conform to the unique contours of the ‘gum ridge.’ The ridge is the raised arch of bone that is covered with gum tissue and is where your tooth roots were once held.

As the bone shrinks, this ridge begins to flatten out. Thus, a denture that was originally custom-made to securely wrap the contours of your gum ridge is left with an ever-shrinking surface to hold it.

To overcome slips and uncomfortable rubbing, people apply denture pastes and adhesives. As movement becomes more frequent, applying the pastes and adhesives occurs more frequently as well.

Trying to bite and chew with a denture that moves is uncomfortable. When a denture slips, it can rub sore spots on tender gum tissues. Small seeds or food particles, such as nut pieces, become easily trapped under the denture and cause a painful piercing to gums.

When eating becomes too difficult, many people start to bypass foods that supply them with adequate nutritional needs of fiber, vitamins, minerals and protein. A crisp apple, corn on the cob, or a thick steak are difficult for dentures to manage. This often forces people to switch to soft foods that dissolve quickly in the mouth.

To avoid embarrassment from denture slips, people also start to decline invitations or social gatherings that are surrounded with food. Because social interaction is a healthy part of the adult aging process, becoming less social causes another set of problems for aging adults.

In a study conducted by the Population Research Center at University of Texas, it was found that “older adults who maintain high levels of social activity or ramp up their social life as they age might be protected from increases in physical and cognitive issues over time.” (http://www.cfah.org/hbns/2011/socially-active-older-adults-have-slower-rates-of-health-declines).

If you are struggling with a denture that moves or creates fear of embarrassment, there is a solution – Dental Implants. Because Dental Implants recreate the presence of tooth roots in the jaw, they halt bone loss. And, because they are firmly secured in the jaw bone, they provide the same, dependable foundation that your natural teeth once had.

Dental Implants, with proper selection, placement and care, are designed to last your lifetime. And their success rate is exceptional, higher than any other implant-in-bone type, including knees and hip joints.

There are many implant types that can accommodate various needs, even severe bone loss. Some, such as the ‘All-On-4’ implant, are affordable and support non-removable teeth. Easy payment options are also available, most interest-free with no down payment required.

While there is no way to avoid aging, it is nice knowing there are ways to overcome dental problems associated with growing older through modern developments such as Dental Implants. With Dental Implants, eating a healthy diet, feeling confident in social settings, and maintaining healthy jaw bone structure are ways we can go from one year to another with confidence.

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