So you are interested in getting a set of dentures to replace your missing teeth. One of the most common questions we hear is, how will my new teeth stay in place.
The most common type of denture is fitted by being carefully made for your bone and gum ridges. The more precisely made, the closer and more comfortable the dentures will be and they will also function more like your natural teeth.
The saliva between your gums and dentures will create a sort of suction that will hold your dentures in place. If your denture is ill fitting and feels loose, then this suction won't be possible as the movement on the gums will cause it to lose its grip. In these cases, it may be that all you need is a simple denture reline.
Its very common for denture wearers to experience movement after having them for such a long period of time, and this is down to bone resorption. When we lose our teeth, the gums and surrounding bone will naturally start to shrink away. How quick this happens will vary from person to person. This means for all denture wearers, that in the future they may need to have an adjustment to their teeth to get them back to that well fitting and comfortable stage.
Partial Retained Dentures
When you have multiple missing teeth (with some teeth remaining), there are more options to help secure your denture in place. Using your remaining teeth, we are able to use precision attachments that offers a bit more stability than just the denture on its own. This is very dependent on what teeth you have remaining and what options are possible. Valplast are also a type of flexible denture that has a small flexible build that is made to fit around your existing teeth, which also offers stability.
Implant Retained Dentures
This is what is considered the gold standard when it comes to tooth replacement. Dental implants consist of titanium or ceramic pegs that are placed into your jawbone (to act as the new roots of your teeth). Your new teeth are then secured on top and will act as if they were your real teeth.
If you would like to explore your options with replacing missing teeth, please do not hesitate to call us and book your dental assessment today.